Celebrating the global eradication of killer cattle plague

FAO has worked with governments and their partners to eliminate rinderpest from individual countries

The eradication of one of history's deadliest animal diseases that triggered famines across the world, is being celebrated Saturday.

UN Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jacques Diouf unveiled a plaque at FAO headquarters in Rome to celebrate global freedom from rinderpest, or cattle plague.

Hundreds of millions of animals died from rinderpest preceding famines in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

The global eradication of rinderpest makes the virus the first animal disease to be eliminated from its natural setting and only the second disease of any kind to be eradicated, after smallpox in humans.

The celebration also marked the opening day of the 37th biennial FAO Conference.

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