Delta Farm tour canceled as precaution against foot and mouth disease

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Another Interior farm is skipping its summer tour this year as a precaution against foot and mouth disease.

The Delta Farm Tour is the second in the region to be canceled because of the threat posed by tourists who might be carrying the disease. Since February, 2 million animals in Europe have been slaughtered because of the disease.

In April the Large Animal Research Station at the University of Alaska Fairbanks also canceled its summer tours as a precaution against the disease.

The disease doesn't threaten humans, but humans can transmit it to animals. Cloven animals are the ones at risk.

The Delta Farm Tour is a one-time summer tour of private farms in Delta Junction. The tour is sponsored by the Cooperative Extension and the Alaska Farm Bureau's Delta chapter.

Phil Kaspari, agricultural extension agent for the cooperative, said the tour attracts mostly Alaskans. However, it draws enough tourists to be a concern.

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