What is it about?

This is a cross-sectional study to quantify the serological prevalence of peste des petits ruminants (PPR) infection and to investigate host factors associated with PPR infection in small ruminants in Libya.

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Why is it important?

This study suggests that the southern part of Libya could be more exposed to the infections coming from the neighbouring countries and this should be better investigated to correctly identify wherever specific entry points can be considered at higher risk than others. The results also confirmed the endemic status of PPR in Libya, with a constant exposure to the infection of the animals during their life. In the framework of the global strategy for control and eradication of PPR, our results, even if obtained by a preliminary study, can contribute to the assessment of the epidemiological situation of PPR in Libya as required by the Stage 1 of the plan.

Perspectives

This article will add value for PPR situation in North Africa.

Prof. Ibrahim Eldaghayes
University of Tripoli

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This page is a summary of: Sero-prevalence and epidemiology of peste des petits ruminants in Libya, Transboundary and Emerging Diseases, July 2017, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/tbed.12670.
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