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OIE declares rinderpest eradicated

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THE final declaration confirming that rinderpest has been eradicated moved a step closer on May 25 when members of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) unanimously adopted a resolution recognising that all 198 countries and territories in the world that have rinderpest-susceptible animals are now free of the disease.

The next step will be the adoption of a resolution on the ‘Declaration of global freedom from rinderpest and on the implementation of follow-up measures to maintain world freedom’ by the 192 member countries of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) at the 37th FAO conference, which is to …

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