Fifty years after a failed attempt to eradicate malaria, the global malaria community is once again seriously considering eradication.
The National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) for eradicating the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis in the livestock aims to vaccinate over 500 million livestock including cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats and pigs against foot and mouth disease.
The Taiwan Council of Agriculture (COA) announced it has eradicated foot and mouth disease, and will apply to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) for the country to be officially recognized as free from foot and mouth disease.
The Pirbright Institute has destroyed its stocks of the rinderpest virus, accounted for most of the world's lab samples of rinderpest - one of tonly wo diseases that have been successfully eradicated.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Oman and Bahrain were added to the list of countries that have eliminated measles and rubella.
There is a great deal of work to do to eliminate cholera from the Global South, but progress is being made.
While fewer people are dying from malaria In Africa overall, cases have not decreased. And in parts of Asia drug-resistant strains of malaria have stated to appear.
After last reporting a malaria case in 2013, Algeria joined 37 other countries that have been certified malaria-free by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The new vaccine took 32 years of research, and cost more than $700 million has been shown to be 40 percent effective at preventing the disease over four years.
Since the start of 2019, 179 countries have reported 168,193 cases of measles - almost 117,000 more cases reported during the same period in 2018.