24 May '11, 3am

Farming breakthrough: Cattle plague bites the dust - AsiaOne

PARIS, FRANCE - In a moment that is being compared to the eradication of smallpox among humans, farming monitors on Wednesday will declare an ancient, devastating cattle disease has been stamped out after a nearly nine-decade effort. Rinderpest, a highly contagious and usually fatal viral disease also known as cattle plague, has been a curse throughout the ages, killing hundreds of millions of animals in Europe, Asia and Africa. It now becomes the first animal disease to be destroyed in human history. Rinderpest has not only inflicted devastating economic losses that have fallen particularly on the shoulders of small farmers. At times, it has contributed to famine, with effects that have changed the course of history. "Rinderpest epidemics and resulting losses preceded the fall of the Roman empire, the conquest of Christian Europe by Charlemagne and the impoverishment of R...

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asiaone.com 24 May '11, 4pm

PARIS, FRANCE - In a moment that is being compared to the eradication of smallpox among humans, farming monitors on Wednes...