Global PPR spread bolsters case for eradication

FAO and OIE map campaign to stamp out virus that kills millions of sheep and goats each year.

Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), a viral disease that is capable of severely decimating goat and sheep populations, continues to extend its global reach and is now present in 76 countries, according to the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO).

The Republic of Georgia recently reported its first case of PPR, while a new outbreak has occurred in the Maldives, showing that even island states are vulnerable to the plague, FAO said.

The outbreak in Georgia, near the bo

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