The Ministry of Agriculture on Thursday confirmed that goats in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have died of a plague called “peste des petits ruminants [PPR].” On Dec. 21, a farm reported that 176 goats had showed symptoms of the disease in Hami Prefecture and 34 of them had died…Full Article: Dec 2013

Key point

  • PPR is a virus that primarily affects goats and sheep

ChinaAg Comment

  • In 2011, Henan province had 17.8 million goats (13% of China’s total supply) and Inner Mongolia region had 17 million goats

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