A veterinary technician in Padukka, Sri Lanka, testing blood samples from cattle to ensure the rinderpest virus has not returned. The photo is from an FAO project (number TCP/INT/3204) on surveillance for accreditation of freedom from rinderpest, which was assisting selected countries to obtain rinderpest infection-free status. In 2011, rinderpest was officially declared to be eradicated worldwide. Biotechnologies have played a vital role in the diagnosis and surveillance of rinderpest, contributing to the eradication of this infectious viral disease of cattle, buffalo, yak and numerous wildlife species that has caused devastating effects throughout history. This is only the second time that a disease has been eradicated worldwide, following smallpox in humans.
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