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Global Declaration of Rinderpest Eradication


End of the rinderpest circulation declaration (2011)


Rinderpest, or cattle plague, is the first animal disease to be eliminated thanks to human efforts, and only the second disease of any kind, after smallpox in humans. On June 28, 2011, during the 37th FAO Conference, the 192 Member countries of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) adopted a Resolution declaring global freedom from rinderpest.


Previously, on 25 May, national Delegates of World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Members unanimously adopted a resoultion to officially recognize, following thorough control by the OIE with the support of FAO, that all 198 countries and territories with rinderpest-susceptible animals in the world are free of the disease.