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In a time of Ebola, we must crack down on illegal bush meat imports
In a time of Ebola, we must crack down on illegal bush meat imports

Bush meat, derived from monkeys, chimpanzees, rats and other animals, is widely consumed in West Africa and is known to be a source of Ebola. Ebola can be transferred in secretions and blood from bush meat to humans. This could be a factor in the recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, where drought and crop failures have led to increased hunting of bush meat. Several other viruses infecting humans have also been identified in bush meat by the Centers of Disease Control and other institutions. It is illegal to import bush meat into the U.S., but it has been confiscated at JFK International Airport in New York and other U.S. ports of entry. Some of the viruses remain latent in humans...

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