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BVA welcomes eradication of rinderpest

27th May 2011

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has welcomed the announcement that the deadly disease rinderpest has been completely eradicated worldwide.

Harvey Locke, president of the BVA, has described the news as a "milestone" in veterinary history, while highlighting the role of the late British animal health experts Gordon Scott and Walter Plowright in laying the groundwork for this achievement.

Also known as cattle plague, the disease has had a major impact on cattle and their human owners for many generations, with a serious outbreak of the virus having prompted the formation of the World Organisation for Animal Health in 1924.

Rinderpest now becomes only the second viral disease ever to be completely eradicated through medical intervention, following the elimination of smallpox in the human population in 1980.

"This monumental achievement testifies to the dedication of the veterinary services of affected countries and illustrates how vets and veterinary science can have a global impact," said Mr Locke.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800559999-ADNFCR

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