Ebola risk unheeded as Afrikins keep on eating fruit bats
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#1 Aug 4, 2014
It is still unclear why the Ebola virus crossed from its animal hosts this time in west Africa while communities have consumed bush meat for generations without infection. "We do not know enough about Ebola's natural cycle in the jungle. I'm sure it ticks away every year or every season, but it only makes it into the news when we have human mortality," said Lubroth.
While warning against consuming bats or handling sick or dead animals, Lubroth said an outright ban on bush meat "will likely see it go underground and that is actually worse. So we talk more about management than prohibition."
Providing alternatives to bush meat may solve only part of the problem. In the long run, better equipped and resourced public health systems remain crucial to curbing outbreaks.
#2 Aug 4, 2014
"Life is not easy here in the village. They [authorities and aid groups] want to ban our traditions that we have observed for generations. Animal husbandry is not widespread here because bush meat is easily available. Banning bush meat means a new way of life, which is unrealistic," said Sâa Fela Léno, who lives in Nongoha village in Guéckédou.
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