Wildlife Rinderpest

  • G. R. Scott

Abstract

Rinderpest once plagued the livestock of the Old-world and its ravages have been chronicalled for as long as written records have been kept. The contagious nature of the disease was recognised 2,000 years ago; Roman authors, for example, advised control by isolation, slaughter and burial.2 To-day, we can but add vaccination to the armamentary of control. Vaccination, nevertheless, is a powerful weapon and its widespread application in domestic livestock has steadily eroded the geographical boundaries of the disease; in the past decade, endemic rinderpest has disappeared from Kenya, Senegal and Uganda in Africa and from Nepal in Asia (Fig. 1). A sequel in East Africa has been population explosions among wildebeest and buffalo.19

Keywords

Central African Republic Innate Resistance Domestic Cattle Erosive Phase Zebra Stripe 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. R. Scott
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Edinburgh Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine RoslinMidlothianUK

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