Deadly cattle plague, once the bane of farmers, on its deathbed

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Deux éleveurs de bétail posent le 23 mai 2001 devant leurs troupeaux au marché Diguall, le plus grand marché aux bestiaux de N’Djamena. Le Tchad ravitaille la plupart des pays d’Afrique Centrale en viande bovine. © AFP PHOTO DESIREY MINKOH

In animal health circles, it’s the equivalent of the Apollo 11 moon landing: some time in the next 18 months, FAO jointly with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and other partners will officially declare one of the most devastating animal diseases known to man, rinderpest, as eradicated.

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