Peste des Petits Ruminants: Targeting total eradication of a devastating livestock disease
©FAO/Believe Nyakudjara
31 March 2015, Rome/Abidjan--- Ongoing work is being done to monitor and control a number of viruses that threaten the lives of millions of livestock worldwide. As food production increases to feed a growing population, the need to protect livestock becomes more and more vital. Ovine Rinderpest, also known as Peste des Petits Ruminants - PPR for short - is a menacing disease for pastoralists. It is often referred to as a “goat plague” because it is a highly contagious virus affecting small ruminants, like sheep and goats. And it is a disease that has severe implications on the livelihoods of farmers and overall global food security. From the 31 March to 2 April 2015, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and the OIE, the World Organization for Animal Health, are joining forces in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire to discuss the issues around PPR.

Dr. Juan Lubroth is FAO's Chief Veterinary officer in Rome. In the following interview he provides insight into the issues to be discussed.
4min. 22sec.
Topic(s): Animals & livestock, Meeting, Pests & diseases
Produced by: Sandra Ferrrari
Reference: 11056