Global Rinderpest Action Plan


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The Global Rinderpest Action Plan aims to ensure continued global freedom from rinderpest by outlining the actions necessary to prepare for, respond to and recover from a rinderpest outbreak. FAO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) declared in 2011 the global eradication of rinderpest and resolved to implement follow-up measures to keep the world free from the disease. Although rinderpest is the only animal disease that has been globally eradicated, the greatest risk for its re-emergence is the release, whether intentional or unintentional, of infectious material from a Rinderpest Holding Facility among susceptible animal populations. The re-emergence of disease would be a global animal health emergency, leading to the loss of global disease freedom and threatening livelihoods, food security, international trade and national economies.




Detection includes actions taken to identify rinderpest virus in animals. Early detection of rinderpest reemergence is essential for a successful response to stop further spread that could lead to devastating consequences on a global scale. Sensitive disease surveillance systems at the national level – capable of detecting a clinical case of rinderpest as early as possible – are of primary importance for global preparedness in the rinderpest post-eradication era. In most possible scenarios, the first indication of a suspected case of rinderpest will occur during routine animal disease surveillance at the farm/village level. Therefore, national surveillance is worthy of special emphasis in rinderpest plans at all levels.


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