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Peste des petits ruminants (PPR)

 

Source: HT

Context: An outbreak of a highly contagious disease, known as “sheep and goat plague,” has resulted in the death of around 60 sheep and goats, with over 200 animals falling sick in the Hadsar pasture near Tindi of Lahaul-Spiti.

 

PPR is a highly contagious viral disease, caused by a morbillivirus closely related to the rinderpest virus, and affects goats, sheep, and some wild relatives of domesticated small ruminants, as well as camels. It is characterized by severe morbidity and mortality rates. The virus does not infect humans.