Rinderpest has become the second disease eradicated by humans (the first being smallpox) and, unsurprisingly, it has hardly hit the news. Probably because it only infects cattle, but infects so well that it starved to death 1/3 of Ethiopia in the late 1800s. Hell, I only caught wind of it by accident because I read the Wiki article on smallpox. From the Washington Post:
William R. White, a rinderpest expert at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said: “The suffering that this disease has caused through the millennia is incredible. This is probably the greatest achievement in veterinary medicine.”
Hey, it’s no debt ceiling debate, so it gets page 2.