Friday, July 8, 2011

For Only the Second Time in History, Mankind Has Eradicated a Disease

An article in the Health section of the NY Times reports on another disease that humankind has made extinct. Rinderpest, an animal plague, has been a scourge of livestock for thousands of years. It is a virulant relative of the measles and had a mortality rate amongst infected herds of 95 percent.

Dr. Juan Lubroth, chief veterinary officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations says that the role of veterinarians in protecting human society is severely underrated.

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The pronouncement was made on June 26 in Rome, Italy, where the FAO is headquartered.

(Via NY Times.)

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