You’ve probably never heard of rinderpest, and according to this story from the New York Times green blog, you’ll probably never hear about it again after reading this. That’s because the livestock disease has gone the way of the Dodo, becoming the second disease in history after smallpox to be completely wiped out from the world.
I’m a little skeptical though. I was under the impression that no one got tuberculosis anymore until my roommate came down with consumption last year like one of the daughters in Little Women. So we’ll see.