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Destruction and Sequestration of Rinderpest Virus


To maintain world freedom from rinderpest and upon requests from countries to assist with virus removal from their facilities, FAO expert teams support countries with virus destruction, sequestration, facility decontamination, packing and shipping rinderpest virus containing material to rinderpest holding facilities. Five laboratories with high levels of biocontainment are now in the final stages of being approved as FAO-OIE Rinderpest Holding Facilities (FAO-OIE RHF).


Category A) FAO-OIE Rinderpest Holding Facility for storing rinderpest virus containing/material, excluding vaccine stocks
  • African Union - Pan African Veterinary Vaccine Centre (AU-PANVAC), Debre-Zeit, Ethiopia.
  • High Containment Facilities of Exotic Diseases Research Station, National Institute of Animal Health, Kodaira, Tokyo, Japan.
  • USDA-APHIS, Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL), Plum Island, New York, United States of America.
  • The Pirbright Institute, United Kingdom.

Category B) Rinderpest Vaccine Holding Facility for storing only manufactured vaccines, vaccine stocks and material solely for their production:

  • Pan African Veterinary Vaccine Centre African Union (AU-PANVAC), Debre-Zeit, Ethiopia
  • Building for Safety Evaluation Research, Production Center for Biologicals; Building for Biologics Research and Development (storage), National Institute of Animal Health, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.


FAO deploys expert teams to help with:   

  • Destruction of virus
  • Transfer of valuable strains to RHF - Category A
  • Transfer of rinderpest vaccines and vaccine virus seeds to RHF - Category B
  • Decontamination of all facilities and equipment
  • Training in bio-safety and bio-security.

FAO also assists by providing standard operating procedures (SOPs), equipment needed for laboratory manipulation and decontamination, materials and cost of shipping RVCM to the designated facilities.