Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


Is the disease contagious to other animals or humans?

We do not know whether elk hoof disease can be transmitted to domestic animals.  Veterinarians from southwest Washington say they have not seen increases in diseases in domestic animals that might be associated with hoof disease in elk.

There is no reason to believe that elk hoof disease is contagious to humans. Similar diseases in livestock do not affect humans. Hundreds of elk have been harvested in southwest Washington since the disease first appeared in 2008, and WDFW is not aware of any cases of human disease that have been associated with hoof disease in elk.

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Last Updated
4th of February, 2016