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Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR)
by Gary Pfalzbot
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PPR Peste des Petits Ruminants, is caused by a virus that is similar to measles in humans and rinderpest in cattle according to FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Juan Lubroth. The virus is also serologically related to Measles(MV) and Canine distemper virus (CDV) (Gibbs et al.,1979). From much of the research I have followed on PPR, it primarily affects sheep and goats in several countries throughout Eastern Africa and can have a high mortality rate of up to 100%. Affecting both sheep and goats, the symptoms it presents with diarrhea, anorexia, fever, respiratory distress as well as nasal and eye discharges and , ulcerative necrotic stomatitis. Information found in the Veterinary World Vol.2, No.9, September 2009 indicates that secondary infection may ultimately affect the mortality rate. Because PPR appears to be confined to various parts of the world, and there is a vaccine available, very few people in the United States have heard of this disease. For for further info on PPR, please refer to the Merck Veterinary Manual PPR Article.

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About the author: Gary Pfalzbot is a Service Connected Disabled Veteran and the web master of GoatWorld as well as some other web sites. He has raised goats over the years, been involved with 4-H (as a young boy) and currently resides in Colorado where he and his wife Pam raise a few breeds of goats and other animals, and primarily author the GoatWorld web site to continue to inform, educate, and promote the industry.


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