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    Bushmeat, anthropogenic change, and human health in tropical rainforests: The case of the Ebola virus

    Fa, JE, Nasi, R and Van Vliet, N (2019) Bushmeat, anthropogenic change, and human health in tropical rainforests: The case of the Ebola virus. Santé Publique, 31 (1). pp. 107-114. ISSN 0995-3914

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    Abstract

    More than five million tons of bushmeat are currently harvested each year from tropical rainforests, accounting for a significant, but unrecorded, share of many forest countries’ gross domestic product. Decision-makers have therefore been prompted to consider, in conservation and food security policies, the role that wild fauna can play in the conservation of ecosystem services. In this article, we present an analysis of the problem, detailing the role that bushmeat plays in human diets, and the health risks linked to its consumption, particularly with regard to Ebola disease. This enables us to provide insights on the direction of potential strategies for managing the use of wild animal meat so that the needs of local populations can be met and the risks to human health reduced.

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