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Saiga antelopes are struck again by a plague in central Asia

from The New York Times

They found the first carcasses in late December, on the frozen steppes of Mongolia's western Khovd province. By the end of January, officials in the region had recorded the deaths of 2,500 endangered saiga antelopes — about a quarter of the country's saiga population — and scientists had identified a culprit: a virus called peste des petits ruminants, or P.P.R., also known as goat plague. It was the first time the disease, usually seen in goats, sheep and other small livestock, had been found in free-ranging antelopes. more

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