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‘WE are celebrating one of the greatest successes for the FAO and its partners,’ said Jacques Diouf, director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on June 28, after the FAO's 192 member countries adopted a resolution declaring global freedom from rinderpest.
The FAO's resolution follows a declaration by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in May that all 198 countries and territories in the world with rinderpest-susceptible animals are free from the disease (VR, June 4, 2011, vol 168, pp 572, 573). The FAO's resolution also called for the world community to follow up the achievement by ensuring that samples of rinderpest viruses and vaccines are kept under secure laboratory conditions and to maintain rigorous standards of disease surveillance and reporting.
Rinderpest is the first animal disease to have …