Thursday, April 28, 2011

Rinderpest Eradication - World Veterinarian Year

The library's May exhibit, the first rotating display, will feature the Rinderpest and its eradication. The eradication was declared April 14, 2011 in the Republic of Mali, and then on various dates in other countries. This is the first disease ever declared completely eradicated in the history of the Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) history.

Rinderpest is a panzoonotic disease that has regularly devastated buffalo and cattle herds in Asia and Europe and has occasionally caused havoc in North Africa. For information on the Global Rinderpest Eradication Programme and the disease itself please visit the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, Animal Production and Health Division website.

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