6/30/2011 7:00 PM ET |
Filed under: Health
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization declared Tuesday that the world was rid of rinderpest.
It decimated herds and caused disaster, devastation and death associated with the fall of the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the colonization of Africa.
It's been a long time come'n - but after years of global efforts, rinderpest (German for cattle plague) doesn't exist anymore!!
It is the first animal disease to be eradicated and only the second disease ever, after smallpox in 1980.
First it took a couple thousand years to get the first one and only thirty-one years to get our second.
At this rate we'll conquer the 709,899,993 other disease in no time!
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