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Outbreak of 'peste des petits ruminants' in Morocco
FAO is helping Morocco deal with an outbreak of peste des petits ruminants (PPR) that threatens to kill millions of sheep and goats and could possibly spread to neighbouring countries. The outbreak has largely affected sheep, with 133 outbreaks in 29 provinces so far.
PPR is a viral and very contagious disease of domestic goats and sheep and small wild ruminants. It is transmitted through close contact between animals. In its acute form it is characterized by high fever, discharges from the eyes and nose, sores in the mouth, lesions of the mucous membranes, laboured breathing, and diarrhoea.