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Peste des petits ruminants has been widely present in southern India since, if not before, the late 1980s

Taylor W.P., Diallo A., Gopalakrishna S., Sreeramalu P., Wilsmore A.J., Nanda Y.P., Libeau G., Rajasekhar M., Mukhopadhyay A.K.. 2002. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 52 (3-4) : p. 305-312.

DOI: 10.1016/S0167-5877(01)00254-9

Because previous authorities had suggested that small ruminants were playing a part in the dissemination of rinderpest, and a rinderpest-eradication campaign was about to begin, it was necessary to make precise virus identifications from a number of small-ruminant "rinderpest" outbreaks. When this was done using a database created from passive disease reports, we found that epidemics-reportedly due to rinderpest-were in fact due to peste des petits ruminants (PPRs). Although such cases had been common in India for a number of years, earlier clinical and laboratory reports no longer should be regarded as definitive. PPR outbreaks have been frequent in recent years. Further, we suggest that PPR is not a recent invader of India. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Mots-clés : peste des petits ruminants; Épidémiologie; microbiologie; ruminant; inde; dissémination

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