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FAO and OIE urge laboratories to destroy their stocks of rinderpest virus

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THE Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are calling on countries to comply with a global moratorium on research involving work with live rinderpest virus in laboratories.

Following last year's official declaration of the worldwide eradication of rinderpest in the field (VR, July 2, 2011, vol 169, p 3), the FAO and OIE are working together to bring about the destruction of virus samples and biological materials that are currently stored in more than 40 laboratories around the world. The two organisations report that, in the process of cataloguing the virus-containing materials that are kept worldwide, it has been found that some are being kept under ‘insufficient levels of biosecurity’. …

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