Wool Handlers and Processors
Wool handlers and processors rely on sheep producers for their product, making them integral to business continuity. Sheep may be infected with FMD virus but undetected due to a lack of clinical signs. It must be assumed that wool from infected and undetected flocks could be moved to processing. Wool handlers, processors, and others who have contact with raw wool must observe proper biosecurity protocols to avoid transmitting the FMD virus to susceptible animals. For more information, refer to the SSWS Wool Handling during an FMD Outbreak document:
FMD is not a public health concern, but can be carried on wool, a person’s clothing, footwear, and personal items.