Six Argentinean provinces have reported cases of foot and mouth, the animal sickness that is currently sweeping western Europe, creating a scare among Chilean authorities and consumers that the disease could cross the Andes and infect national herds. Although the Argentine government has yet to inform its Chilean counterpart of the outbreak, Chilean authorities are already concerned that the disease will affect Argentine meat exports. The majority of Chile's meat imports come from Argentina, which last year supplied Chile with 30,367 tons of beef.