OIE, FAO target peste des petits ruminants

First salvo against plague affecting sheep and goats will focus on high-risk countries and build upon eradication of rinderpest in 2011.

The ground has been broken on a major international initiative to rid the world of peste des petits ruminants (PPR) — also known as sheep and goat plague — a highly contagious viral animal disease that causes major losses in regions home to millions of the world’s poorest people.

The $996.4 million plan launched Oct. 28 by the U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) is the

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