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Watch the VICE documentary on Bush Meat and the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia | FG in Nigeria bans Bushmeat Imports



ebola-bushmeatAs of the 28th of August 2014, there were 3069 Suspected and Confirmed Cases and 1552 Suspected Case Deaths from Ebola in Africa this year.

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.


Photo Credit: CBS News


  1. mulikat

    September 2, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Look at that man eating monkey he too look like monkey, i cant belive this ,stop eating Bushmeat, they cant ,even allowed them to film them eating it. Black man is black inside out,with animal brain, we have cow,sheep,goat,chickens and fish.

  2. Nwa

    September 2, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Do we actually import bush meat? That’s crazy o, wetin naija people no dey import. Toothpick, dirt, junk,#smh#

  3. Funsho

    September 2, 2014 at 9:00 am


    Why wont they think we live on trees?

  4. Bella

    September 2, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I am stunned beyond measure, as an African myself, our own issue is ignorance and sheer refusal of facts. With all these images, how can we not be describe as barbarians! the Poor lady that cut her self making this meal and is that not direct contact of fluids! God help us all!. Personally lack of exposure is the killing factor for all Africans! I shudder at this.

  5. Dizzy

    September 2, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Hey! Dear president Jonathan and other leaders and ministers. Pls I am very very sorry for critisisng you so harshly!

    I have used my eyes to see what other african nations are calling ‘capital city’ ,

  6. Glowing

    September 2, 2014 at 11:31 am

    This Documentary should have been filmed maybe two months or so back. Now the spread is much more than the previous statistics, I can imagine they now believe how real it could be. May God save Liberia.
    Please Our Dearest Nigerians, Do not eat Bush Meat!!! Do not go against the Federal Authorities Instruction and revel in shallow opinions that it does not exist and that it had been eaten for years and nothing ever happened! Please maintain proper hygiene as instructed and Pray to God! He can put an End to it!

  7. AnnieRose

    September 2, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    This is horrible. May ignorance not cause the wiping out of our generation. Dear Nigerians,show superiority as the giant of Africa, seek and heed wisdom on this ebola epidermic. God can save but we need to do our own part.

  8. bunmi

    September 2, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Ignorance is really a disease……

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