World declared "free" from deadly cattle disease

 

eradicating rinderpest

eradicating rinderpest

A disease affecting cattle has become the first animal sickness to be eliminated in all 198 countries of the world.

Rinderpest or cattle plague is the second disease after small pox, to be eradicated thanks to human efforts.

It is highly contagious and affects mainly wild and domestic split hoofed animals like cattle and buffalo.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is marking June 28 as the day the disease was officially eliminated.

Modibo Traore from the FAO says it has been a long-term effort.

"Major campaigns in Asia through the 50s, 60s and in Africa from 1960 though 1976 brought the disease largely under control. However, because of weaknesses in operational and structural follow up, rinderpest resurged in the 1980s and spread widely in Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia."

FAO has made several recommendations which include destroying rinderpest strains and the safe keeping of vaccines to avoid the resurgence of the disease.

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