Bushmeat and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Lessons from Africa

  title={Bushmeat and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Lessons from Africa},
  author={Laura A. Kurpiers and Bj{\"o}rn Schulte‐Herbr{\"u}ggen and Imran Ejotre and D. M. Reeder},
  journal={Problematic Wildlife},
  pages={507 - 551}
Zoonotic diseases are the main contributor to emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) and present a major threat to global public health. Bushmeat is an important source of protein and income for many African people, but bushmeat-related activities have been linked to numerous EID outbreaks, such as Ebola, HIV, and SARS. Importantly, increasing demand and commercialization of bushmeat is exposing more people to pathogens and facilitating the geographic spread of diseases. To date, these linkages… 

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