Humanity frees cattle, buffalo from cloven-hoofed plague • The Register

The second disease ever defeated by man.

The OIE was able to declare yesterday that “the 198 countries with rinderpest-susceptible animals had been declared free of the disease”.OIE director general Bernard Vallat said: “Today we witness a historical event as rinderpest is the first animal disease ever to be eradicated by humankind.”

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The other: smallpox.

This is good news.


Comments

  1. This disease had a tremendous influence on the history and prosperity of much of Africa. One hopes this eradication will give that region a bit more wealth and success.

    This was certainly a worthy project, and a great success. Perhaps nagana will conquered in the near future as well.