Thursday, November 3, 2016

Battling Sheep and Goat Plague

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are teaming up to battle Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) and eradicate the disease by 2030. PPR is a disease that is ravaging sheep and goat flocks in parts of the world. The linked article provides facts and the plan for this. Along with the article on the right side of the webpage there are additional links to provide better understanding. You are encouraged to read the linked article and watch the linked video below. From there utilize the discussion points to guide conversations in your classrooms and communities around the world!

FAO and OIE Global Campaign to Eradicate PPR

PPR Video

Discussion Points

  • What is PPR and why is it such a concern?
  • Animal diseases can have negative impacts on human health, but what other areas can they negatively affect? Explain.
  • How can farmers protect their flocks from PPR currently?
  • What parts of the world are being directly impacted by PPR and why are these areas such a concern?
  • How does the FAO and OIE plan to work together to eradicate PPR? Evaluate the plan. What do you like? What would you improve?

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