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I READ with interest the recent letter by Robin Nicholas and his colleagues (VR, November 17, 2012, vol 171, pp 510-511) concerning the use of antimicrobial treatment to control an outbreak of contagious bovine pleuropneumonia (CBPP) in Namibia. It reminded me of a similar situation I found myself in northern Somalia in 1991 (VR, February 29, 1992, vol 130, pp 171-172), but in an outbreak of contagious caprine pleuropneumonia (CCPP), which is caused by Mycoplasma capricolum subspecies capripneumoniae.
Somalia was in disarray after the civil war, which ended at the end of 1990. On behalf of Vetaid and in collaboration with a representative of Actionaid, two of us entered northern Somalia in August 1991 via a …
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