Pest des Petits Ruminants (PPR), also known as sheep and Goat plaque, is a highly contagious animal disease affecting small ruminants. Once introduced, the virus can infect up to 90 percent of an animal heard, and the disease kills anywhere from 30 to 70 infected animals.
Symptoms of the disease are high fever, oral discharge, severe diarrhea sometimes mixed with blood, breathing difficulties with coughing, wounds in the mouth, cracked and dry nostrils, sudden death (in 5-10 days) among others. The PPR virus does not infect humans.
Today, more than 70 countries are affected including neighboring countries; therefore, we are at high risk of contracting the disease if prevention measures are not strengthened, and thus we started the vaccination program in high-risk zones.
Given the above background on September 7,2020 - The Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board has launched a campaign to vaccinate Peste des Petits Ruminants (Sheep and Goats).
The campaign kicked off in thirteen districts namely: Gisagara, Nyaruguru, Bugesera, Nyamagabe, Nyagatare, Kirehe, Kayonza, Gatsibo, Gicumbi, Rusizi, Huye, Gisagara, Ngoma on 7th September 2020 and it is expected to end on 31st September 2020.