Peste des petits ruminants (PPR), also known as ‘goat plague’, is a highly contagious viral disease of sheep and goats. The disease causes heavy losses especially in goats and is one of the most damaging livestock diseases in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Earlier this year, a global strategy towards eradicating PPR by 2030 was formulated under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) at a conference in Côte d’Ivoire. The strategy focuses on the eradication of PPR, strengthening of veterinary services across affected countries, and the creation of more cost effective opportunities to control other priority livestock diseases.
The strategy proposes a consistent approach at national level towards PPR eradication which is based on…
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