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Bushmeat, human impacts and human health in tropical rainforests: The ebola virus case

Fa, JE and Nasi, R and Vanvliet, N (2018) Bushmeat, human impacts and human health in tropical rainforests: The ebola virus case. Revue Forestiere Francaise, 70 (2-4). pp. 231-241. ISSN 0035-2829

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Abstract

Viande de brousse, impacts anthropiques et santé humaine dans les forêts tropicales humides : le cas du virus Ebola At a time when more than 5million tonnes of bush meat are harvested annually from tropical forests, and which account for a significant, but unrecorded, share of the gross domestic product of many forest countries, decision makers are encouraged, within conservation and food security policies, to understand the role that wildlife can play in the conservation of ecosystem services. In this article, we present an analysis of the problem, describing the role played by bush meat in human diets, and the health risks linked to the consumption of bush meat, in particular with regard to Ebola disease. The aim is to provide insights on the direction of possible strategies to manage the use of wildlife while meeting the needs of local populations and reducing risks to human health.

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