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Maintaining Global Freedom from Rinderpest

 


  • A FAO intervention to destroy and sequester rinderpest virus stocks in designated holding facilities


  • Removal of rinderpest virus from Africa enters final stages

  • Rinderpest Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) 9th Meeting held in Rome

  • FAO OIE held Technical Meeting on International Preparedness and Vaccine Strategic Reserves


  • A FAO intervention to destroy and sequester rinderpest virus stocks in designated holding facilities


Group photoWhen rinderpest was officially declared eradicated in 2011, FAO member countries agreed to maintain world freedom from rinderpest and approved the destruction or sequestration of all remaining rinderpest virus containing materials. Although rinderpest no longer occurs in livestock, the rinderpest virus-containing material is being stored in laboratories of 24 countries where it poses a risk through inadvertent or malicious release.

 

FAO is leading the process of reducing the number of laboratories keeping the virus by advocating for and offering assistance to destroy or relocate it to highly secure FAO-OIE rinderpest holding facilities [more...]

 

FAO’s global work focuses on:

Kenya takes ownership of rinderpest post-eradication awareness program

 ©FAO16/03/2017. FAO Kenya in collaboration with Director of Veterinary Services (DVS) of Kenya organized a stakeholders’ workshop in Nairobi to discuss and endorse a proposed communication strategy [more...]

International meeting on Maintaining Global Freedom from Rinderpest kicked off in Kathmandu

 ©FAO14/06/2017. Kathmandu- A three-day international meeting on Maintaining Global Freedom from Rinderpest kicked off today in Kathmandu [more...]

JAC recognizes FAO’s efforts on maintaining global freedom from Rinderpest during the 10th Meeting held in Paris

 ©FAOThe 10th Rinderpest Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) meeting organized by Rinderpest-Secretariat was held at the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) headquarters in Paris, France, November 8-9, 2016. [more...]

FAO advocacy brings more countries and resources together to destroy and sequester rinderpest virus stocks in designated holding facilities

A Maasai livestock owner whose cattle herd has suffered from and subsequently been innoculated against rinderpest grazing his cattle in a village near Nairobi. ©FAO/Tony KarumbaStocks of rinderpest virus kept under inadequate or high risk conditions could threaten the reintroduction of the virus to the environment after the disease has been successfully eradicated in 2011. The threat can be effectively mitigated with a global intervention to destroy or safely relocate remaining samples to certified Rinderpest facilities [more...]

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