Friday, March 07, 2003

FEAR OF EBOLA KEEPS BONOBOS OFF THE MENU

Congolese Cooks Shun Bush Meat for Fear of Ebola

[Photo] Bonobos like this one are eaten although they may carry the Ebola virus.

Bush meat vendors in Ouesso, the largest town in the Republic of Congo's region of Sangha, have reported a sharp drop in sales due to consumers having been frightened by the Ebola virus ravaging a nearby area, a market administrator says.

This situation has created new consumer patterns with people switching to fish, beef or chicken, Odi-Aya, a teacher in Ouesso, said Tuesday. They are avoiding bush meat animals such as bonobos and other primates that might be infected....