EBOLA FACTS - Meats
With no effective treatment or vaccine to cure the Ebola virus, which can kill up to 90 per cent of its victims, to control the spread and prevent infection, persons are advised to:
Avoid eating meat of wild animals, especially those found dead. Known as ‘bush meat’ in Africa, it is one of the primary sources of disease transmission, particularly Ebola.
Avoid eating ‘exotic’ meat of unknown origin. Popular on the black market in several parts of the world are ‘secret markets’ that sell ‘exotic’ meat from Africa, particularly the flesh of gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys and fruit bats.
Tons of illegal meat are traded each year, especially in areas with a large African community, the bulk of which is bush meat. Bush meat is a primary source of Ebola transmission.
According to the World Health Organization, in 1996, boys from a Gabon village found a dead chimpanzee in the forest, which was prepared to feed the villagers. The carcass was infected with Ebola, which led to an outbreak that killed 21 people.