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Burkina Faso Bans Hunting for Bats over Ebola Fears




Ouagadougou (Xinhua/NAN) ─ Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Environment on Thursday in Ouagadougou announced the outright ban on special hunting for bats, the main carrier of Ebola virus.

It said the special hunt for bats which began on July 1 to Aug. 31 has been suspended across the national territory due to risks associated with Ebola fever.

The statement said this has become imperative because the Ebola virus is caused by a virus transmitted to human beings through bats or rats.

It said it is very contagious and transmitted through direct contact with patients, infected body fluids as well as cloths of those infected with the disease.

The health ministry said even though no case has so far been reported in Burkina Faso, but the measures had been put in place to counter any eventual outbreak of the disease. 

Photo Credit: Paul Kennedy/

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  1. 4tunechuks

    August 7, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    lwkmd……….what else do you expect???

    • iba

      August 7, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      I really dont get it. Just seeing that picture alone, i got goose pimples. Why would anyone want to eat that creature? why oh why?

      But then again i cant judge, someone will look at me tomorrow and wonder why i’d want to swallow eba.

  2. I go dey laff

    August 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    All d bats now are rejoicing…..

  3. Amira

    August 7, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    And what did our own ministry of Health do to prevent an outbreak? NOTHING! No information, no preventive measures prior, no ‘checks a the borders and airports. NOTHING. What a country we live in. Msheew

  4. mulikat

    August 7, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Let me ask 1 question,my people what meat is in bats for God sake.i see no reason human eat bats,have never know on till Ebola out break i here they eat bats,i have hard about all kinds of Monkey families,they eat them in centre africa country.

    • ty

      August 7, 2014 at 6:38 pm

      Muliks baby… dis your “Engris” tian

    • Eje

      August 8, 2014 at 2:07 am

      @Mulikat that is what i was wondering too. Chaiiiiiiiii Africans. Is there something we won’t eat. My goodness gracious. BATS!!!!!!!!!!!!! HABA!!! And you would think with this ebola wahala that people would not even have to be warned to stop eating it but unfortunately no. I saw a vid recently of liberians instead boasting that it was not gonna stop them from eating bat meat. I just shuddered at how we just can be sooooo damn ignorant as a people and stubborn to our own demise.

  5. ade

    August 7, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    lmaoooooo, u r too funny

  6. makeupbyebi

    August 8, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Bats?? Why do they hunt bats? is it cultural? spiritual? nutritional purposes? some please educate us about the practices of West Africans 🙁 cos i honestly dont want to believe someone can make bat a delicacy #unhealtymealsturnglobalepidermic

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