Bat soup ban – part of fightback against deadly Ebola virus

Guinea has forbidden the sale and consumption of bats and warned against eating rats and monkeys as the country combats a spread of Ebola, a hemorrhagic fever with a mortality rate of as much as 90 percent.

We discovered the vector agent of the Ebola virus is the bat,” said Remy Lamah, the country’s health minister, in an interview from the town of N’zerekore today. “We sent messages everywhere to announce the ban. People must even avoid consumption of rats and monkeys. They are very dangerous animals.”

In the west African nation, the Toma, Kissi and Guerze ethnic groups eat bats…So far at least 63 people are suspected to have died in Guinea’s first recorded outbreak of the disease.

“The Kissi community eats bats and the epidemic is making a lot of devastation,” Moriba Traore, an inhabitant of Gueckedou, said by telephone. “Families in villages lost eight or ten members and people are dying. We are afraid.”

Eeoough!

Thanks, Mike

12 thoughts on “Bat soup ban – part of fightback against deadly Ebola virus

  1. moss says:

    Apart from the yuck factor – which is cultural after all – this does illustrate the need for thorough care and hygiene when consuming wild meat.

    Cripes, I took as much care preparing wild game as you might for heart surgery. And thorough cooking.

  2. Julia says:

    Micronesian Fruit Bat Soup

    3 Fruit bats*, well washed but neither skinned nor eviscerated
    Water
    1 tb. Finely sliced fresh ginger,
    1 lg Onion, quartered,
    Sea salt to taste, Chopped scallions, Soy sauce and/or coconut cream.

    1. Place the bats in a large kettle and add water to cover, the ginger, onion, and salt. Bring to the boil and cook for 40 minutes. Strain broth into a second kettle.
    2. Take the bats, skin them and discard the skin. Remove meat from the bones and return meat, and any of the viscera you fancy, to the broth. Heat.
    3. Serve liberally sprinkled with scallions and further seasoned with soy sauce and/or coconut cream.

    Yield: 4 servings.
    “The New York Times Natural Foods Cookbook” by Jean Hewitt (c) 1971
    * see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megabat

  3. Mary Mallon says:

    Nigerian authorities fear deceased Liberian citizen carried Ebola on jet http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/nigeria-fears-man-carried-ebola-jet-n16528 If it turns out to be true, it would be the first time Ebola has been carried on a jet and would make for a worrying turn in the worst Ebola outbreak yet seen. Related: We’ve Been Looking at the Spread of Global Pandemics All Wrong – Redrawn maps of the world’s air-transport network could change the way we track disease from city to city. http://www.citylab.com/commute/2013/02/weve-been-looking-spread-global-pandemics-all-wrong/4782/

  4. PFFT says:

    Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone escaped patient dies (7/26/14) http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28505061 According to the BBC the woman had been one of dozens of people who tested positive but are unaccounted for.
    Nightmare fuel: “Could Ebola now be airborne? New research shows lethal virus can be spread from pigs to monkeys without contact” (2012) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2233956/Could-Ebola-airborne-New-research-shows-lethal-virus-spread-pigs-monkeys-contact.html A less sensational version with link to the research: “From Pigs to Monkeys, Ebola Goes Airborne” (2012) @ http://healthmap.org/site/diseasedaily/article/pigs-monkeys-ebola-goes-airborne-112112

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