AUSTIN, Texas — Large military equipment from Britain and the Netherlands might be barred from exercises at Ft. Bliss next month because of the threat of foot-and-mouth disease.
Defense Department officials have forbidden transport of the equipment by land from Beaumont, near Houston, to Ft. Bliss, a state agriculture official said Saturday. The equipment has yet to be loaded on cargo ships to come to the United States.
Officials fear the cargo might be contaminated with foot-and-mouth, and overland transport could bring the equipment into contact with animal herds.
The restrictions are part of the government's effort to protect the U.S. from foot-and-mouth disease, which has affected livestock in Europe, particularly Britain.
Texas has the country's largest herds of cattle, sheep and goats, animals that are susceptible to foot-and-mouth disease.