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November 11, 2010

Deadly animal virus threatens to spread to southern Africa

50 million sheep and goats at risk
A deadly viral disease which broke out in Tanzania earlier this year risks spreading to Southern Africa, posing a mortal threat to more than 50 million sheep and goats in 15 countries, FAO warned today. Known as Peste des Petits Ruminants (Small Ruminants' Plague), or PPR, it is considered as the most destructive viral disease affecting small ruminant flocks, on par with rinderpest in cattle in the past. PPR may cause death rates of up to 100 percent in sheep and goats and although it does not infect humans, it can cause enormous socio-economic losses. [...]

Do you know?

Guess in which countries per-capita consumption of meat is the largest: Australia, New Zealand, USA?
... and the smallest: Bangladesh, Burundi, India? [...]

Awareness Raising on Pro-Poor Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Risk Reduction Strategies
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www.fao.org/ag/aga.htmlFAO, 2010
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