The New York Times has a piece on the latest in science successes. For only the 2nd time in history, the United Nations is calling a disease completely eradicated from the face of our planet. And like the first, smallpox, this one is a major killer. Unlike smallpox, though, you probably haven’t heard of it. It’s called rinderpest, which is German for “cattle plague,” and is a cousin of the measles virus. The last case was seen ten years ago in a buffalo in Kenya. You can read more about the monumental undertaking of eradication and more about the thousand-year old rinderpest itself by reading the entire article.
- Goodbye, Rinderpest, we’re probably better off without you (emergentchaos.com)
- Bovine equivalent of measles is eradicated (seattletimes.nwsource.com)