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A little-known disease wiping out millions of sheep and goats, and livelihoods

An affordable one-time vaccination can make all the difference

Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) or sheep and goat plague is a highly contagious animal disease affecting small ruminants. An estimated 300 million families who rely on small ruminants, such as sheep and goats, as a source of food and income are at risk of losing their livelihoods and may be forced to migrate, particularly in areas where food insecurity, other resource shortages or crises already exist. Eradicating the disease is a top priority if we are to ensure that the income and assets of these families are preserved and they can lead active and healthy lives. 

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