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A Cattle Disease Becomes a Thing of the Past


The ancient scourge of rinderpest, a deadly disease capable of decimating herds of cattle, has been eradicated, according to veterinary epidemiologists. Although it does not infect humans, rinderpest is so devastating to agriculture that it has caused famines in the past. So far, smallpox is the only other disease that has been wiped off the globe.

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