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8 deadly diseases cured by modern science

By: Bryan Nelson on Aug. 20, 2013, 12:15 p.m.
reinderpest victims

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Rinderpest is essentially the cattle equivalent of the measles virus. Though it is not a danger to humans (it only afflicts cattle and other ruminants, such as buffalo and deer), the virus has nevertheless been a major threat to humanity because of our reliance on these creatures as farm animals. After a vaccine was developed, the disease was targeted for global eradication by the World Organization for Animal Health in 1994.

The last confirmed case of the disease was in 2001, and in 2011 was officially deemed eradicated.