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An outbreak of peste des petits ruminants in a zoological collection
  1. CW Furley,
  2. WP Taylor and
  3. TU Obi
  1. Al Ain Zoo and Aquarium, Al Ain/Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Abstract

Peste des petits ruminants virus was suspected to be the cause of a disease outbreak in a zoological collection at Al Ain in the Arabian Gulf. Clinically the outbreak affected gazelles (Gazellinae), ibex and sheep (Caprinae) and gemsbok (Hippotraginae); subclinical involvement of Nilgai (Tragelaphinae) was suspected. A morbillivirus was isolated and using monoclonal antibodies and biological tests in cattle, sheep and goats the virus of peste des petits ruminants was identified.

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