A year since Rinderpest was eradicated around the world
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) proclaimed May 25 , 2011 that all 198 countries and territories with rinderpest-susceptible animals were free of the disease, and, at press time, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was expected to declare June 28 that the disease has been eradicated. The announcements indicate the morbillivirus that caused rinderpest remains only in laboratories.
Efforts to fight the "cattle plague" were connected with the 1761 founding of the world's first veterinary school in Lyon, France, and the 1924 founding of the OIE. FAO information indicates rinderpest epizootics were also associated with the fall of the Roman Empire, the conquest of Christian Europe by Charlemagne, the French Revolution, the impoverishment of Russia, and extensive famines in Africa.
In India"Provisional freedom from rinderpest disease" for the entire country was achieved from March 1, 1998. The second stage of "Freedom from rinderpest disease" for various zones was approved by OIE on May 27, 2004. And the third and final stage of "Freedom from Rinderpest Infection," was achieved and approved by the OIE in 2006.