Cattle Plague Becomes Second Disease Ever to be Eradicated

Cattle Plague Becomes Second Disease Ever to be Eradicated

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cowRinderpest, a cattle disease that for centuries felled herds in Europe, Africa and Asia and caused periodic human famine, has been eradicated, veterinary epidemiologists announced this week.

Eradication is the Holy Grail of disease prevention and has been successful only once before. Smallpox, an equally devastating human scourge, was eradicated in 1980, proving it is possible to stamp out a microbe across the entire planet.

(READ the story from the Washington Post)

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