In 2011, after decades of intense vaccination campaigns, the World Organization for Animal Health and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) declared the world free from rinderpest. After smallpox, it was only the second disease to be eradicated on a global scale. For centuries, rinderpest – or cattle plague – ravaged cattle herds across the globe. Caused by morbillivirus closely related to that responsible for measles in humans, the disease was highly infectious and extremely lethal. During epidemic outbreaks, rinderpest often killed 90 percent or more of the large cattle – mostly cows – in the affected regions, thus causing immense animal suffering and economic disaster for communities dependent on cattle for their livelihood.
In The Rinderpest Campaigns, Amanda Kay McVety, Professor of History at Miami University, provides a meticulous reconstruction of the international efforts that led to global eradication.[weiterlesen...]
Rez. von Samuël Coghe, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin