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June 28, 2011
A veterinary technician testing blood samples from cattle in a laboratory to ensure the rinderpest virus has not returned. ©FAO/Ishara Kodikara

Rinderpest eradicated - what's next?

Eradication of the deadly virus is a model for other diseases
The FAO Conference, the highest body of the UN agency, adopted a resolution declaring global freedom from rinderpest. The resolution also called on the world community to follow up by ensuring that samples of rinderpest viruses and vaccines be kept under safe laboratory conditions and that rigorous standards for disease surveillance and reporting be applied. The declaration is the final step in a decades-long global campaign implemented by FAO, in close coordination with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and other partners to eradicate rinderpest. This highly infectious disease has killed many millions of cattle, buffalo and other animals, and caused hunger and economic hardship, primarily in Africa, Asia and Europe. [...]

PUBLICATIONS
VIDEO
cover EMPRES Bulletin No. 38:
special issue on Rinderpest
[PDF]

 

cover FAO Animal Production and Health Proceedings 11: Successes and
failures with animal nutrition practices and technologies in developing countries [PDF]

video
Lancisi and the fight against rinderpest
For millennia, rinderpest, or cattle plague, was a threat to animal health and human livelihoods, primarily in Asia and Europe, and more recently, in Africa. This video shows how early attempts to tackle rinderpest in Europe and elsewhere paved the way for the global eradication of the disease. [watch the video]

 

UPCOMING EVENTS


WHAT'S NEW

EuFMD: Buffalo Meeting
13th Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

More on Rinderpest

 

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