The role of food in the spread of Ebola is important as ‘Patient zero’ who started the 2014 outbreak of the deadly virus has been identified by scientists as a two-year-old toddler in Guinea who may have eaten a fruit which had been contaminated by bat droppings.
VICE released this documentary on Ebola specifically focused on the role of bushmeat in the spread of Ebola. Just yesterday, 1st of September 2014, the Federal Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu announced the decision of the National Council on Health (NCH) to suspend the importation of bush meat to the country.
Here is the official synopsis for the documentary;
West Africa is being plagued by a new outbreak of Ebola — a terrifying disease that causes its victims to bleed to death from the inside out. Ebola has no cure, and the latest epidemic is spreading fast.
VICE News visited Liberia, where many feel the new outbreak began, borne from the bushmeat markets of Lofa. Western scientists feel that the consumption and preparation of meat from monkeys, fruit bats, and other forest animals is behind the transmission of Ebola, and possibly a new supervirus, which if left uncontrolled could kill a third of the world’s population.
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