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Transboundary Diseases
FAO responds to PPR epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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THE Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is mounting an emergency response to ‘the worst livestock epidemic’ in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in more than a decade.

The FAO reported on June 26 that, according to the authorities in the DRC, tens of thousands of goats had been affected by peste des petits ruminants (PPR), and 75,000 had already died from the infection. The government estimated that another one million goats and 600,000 sheep were at risk of contracting PPR, representing …

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