Straight-shooting son of a gun
26 April 2017 21:47 (South Africa)

Rinderpest is dead, long live our cattle!

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation announced yesterday that rinderpest, also known as "cattle plague" has been wiped out. It is only the second virus that humans have been able to eradicate (smallpox was killed off 30 years ago). A global plan to eradicate the virus was launched in 1994, and the task was made easier by the fact that there was only one strain of rinderpest, meaning that a single vaccine would suffice to inoculate cattle. A rinderpest outbreak killed 80% to 90% of cattle in southern Africa in the late 19th century but it looks like history won't be repeating itself in this instance. Read more: The Guardian

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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