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Rinderpest, Deadly for Cattle, Joins Smallpox as a Vanquished Disease

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Science  22 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6003, pp. 435
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6003.435

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Rinderpest, an infectious disease that has decimated cattle and devastated their keepers for millennia, is gone. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced on 14 October in Rome that a 16-year eradication effort has succeeded and fieldwork has ended. "This is the first time that an animal disease is being eradicated in the world and the second disease in human history after smallpox," FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said in his World Food Day address in Rome the next day.

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