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Peste des petits ruminants

Peste des petits ruminants, also known as "goat plague," is a viral disease of sheep and goats characterized by fever, sores in the mouth, diarrhea, pneumonia, and death. Sheep and goats are the only natural hosts of the disease. Goats are usually more severely affected by the disease than sheep. Deer, gazelle and ibex may also be affected. Pigs and cattle can be infected with the virus, but do not show clinical signs and are unable to transmit the disease to other animals. The PPR virus is closely related to the virus that causes rinderpest.

In Canada, PPR is a reportable disease under the Health of Animals Act, and all cases must be reported to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

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