Risk factors and socio-economic effects associated with spread of Peste des petits ruminants in Turkana district, Kenya

Peste des petit ruminants (PPR) is a highly contagious, infectious and often fatal disease of sheep, goats and small wild ruminants. In Kenya PPR was first suspected in 1992 and confirmed in Turkana District in 2007. Turkana community livelihoods were devastated following the loss of small stock due to the disease. The Government of Kenya estimated annual losses of over US$ 13 million during the 2007-2008 outbreaks. The disease is relatively new in Kenya. Thus, the extents of the disease socio-economic impacts as well as the risk factors that are responsible for its introduction and spread in Kenya remain poorly understood.
La Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) (PPR) est une maladie très contagieuse, infectieuse et souvent mortelle des moutons, des chèvres et des petits ruminants sauvages. Au Kenya, la PPR a d’abord été soupçonnée en 1992 et puis confirmée dans le district de Turkana en 2007. Les moyens de subsistance de la population de Turkana ont été dévastés suite à la perte du petit bétail provoquée par cette maladie. Le gouvernement du Kenya a estimé les pertes annuelles de plus de 13 millions $ US durant l’apparition de 2007-2008. La maladie est relativement nouvelle au Kenya. Ainsi, l’ampleur des impacts socio-économiques de la maladie et les facteurs de risque qui sont responsables de son introduction et sa propagation au Kenya demeurent mal compris.
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