What is Rinderpest?



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    Rinderpest, German for cattle plauge, is a disease that affects livestock, mostly cattle. It is a measles like disease that inflicted great harm on livestock populations in Europe, Asia and Africa. In 1994, the first of many rinderpest elimination programs were begun. Today in 2010, the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization has declared rinderpest eliminated, only the second disease since smallpox to be wiped out.

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