Launch of the OIE Rinderpest Challenge

What would happen if the rinderpest virus, the only animal disease eradicated in the world, returns from the past threatening animal health security globally? The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) launches today the Rinderpest Game with a global Challenge on its dedicated website: From 4 October to 1 November 2018 players are invited to find the source of the rinderpest outbreak and save the world!

Paris, 4 October 2018 – In the past, rinderpest caused the deaths of millions of animals all over the world, with terrible consequences on food security and livelihoods, particularly in developing countries, where the disease was responsible for famines and devastating economic losses. Thanks to decades of concerted efforts at the global level, rinderpest was officially declared eradicated from the planet by the OIE and FAO in 2011, and therefore it is the first and only animal disease to have been completely eradicated, and only the second disease in history, after smallpox. However, there is still a risk of reoccurrence. In order to help safeguard our world so that it remains free of rinderpest, by ensuring that the memory of this disease stays alive and particularly that key players in animal health are fully aware of the role that they still have to play in the post eradication era, the OIE has created the Rinderpest “Never Turn Back” communication campaign.

As part of this campaign, the OIE developed a serious game that aims to help our world remain free from rinderpest, by ensuring that veterinary students, veterinary practitioners and laboratory technicians know how to detect and react to this disease.

Players will virtually travel the world to stop the propagation of rinderpest by acquiring knowledge to solve veterinary cases and helping with rinderpest virus-containing material (RVCM) management to try to understand what caused the reappearance of the rinderpest virus. They will be in both the shoes of a veterinarian and a laboratory technician to detect the virus among other similar diseases or not-so-similar pathologies called distractors on a worldwide scope and help other laboratory technicians throughout the world with RVCM management while trying to unravel the truth concerning the virus outbreak.


2018. Rinderpest virus rises again from the past…

Nobody knows who is behind this, but we must act now as the disease is spreading quickly. That’s why you must just joined the international team of experts. Your journey will start with the investigation of infected animals around the world in order to save the planet from rinderpest. Your mission will take you all over the world to find animals infected with rinderpest virus, as well as assisting laboratory technicians to safely dispose and manage Rinderpest Virus Containing Material (RVCM), with only one goal in mind: find the origin of the rinderpest outbreak and stop it from spreading. BUT, you are not alone on this, from 4 October to 1 November 2018 you are invited to play the OIE Rinderpest Challenge, team up with other players from your country and save the world from a rinderpest outbreak.


Veterinary students, laboratory practitioners and all players in animal health are invited to participate on the OIE Rinderpest Challenge and join forces in order to ensure that the world remains free from the disease.

The game can be played in any computer through the dedicated website and/or via mobile by downloading the dedicated mobile application in a smartphone or tablet.

To take part, players must:

  1. Access the game via online or mobile application;
  2. Create a session with a valid email address and password;
  3. Select a country and field of work;
  4. Accept the rules and terms and conditions of the game.



The country that has accumulated the most points will win the OIE Rinderpest Challenge, and its highest score player will win a TRIP TO PARIS during the OIE General Session in May 2019.

Each of the players from the winning country will receive a certificate signed by the Director General of the OIE and the country will be recognized during the opening ceremony of the OIE General Session in May 2019.

The winner of the OIE Rinderpest Challenge will be announced on 6 November 2018 on the dedicated website, on the OIE social media channels and on the OIE website

Click here to review the Rules of the OIE Rinderpest Challenge and learn more about the award.