again, now that we were learning to forget the violence in Central African
Republic and South Sudan, along comes Ebola and it spoils the party.
in the nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and now Nigeria since the first
outbreak in March.
were doctors working to help fight the disease, are beginning to pop up here
and there in other parts of the world.
spread, it’s believed
to initially occur after an Ebola virus is transmitted to
humans by contact with infected animal fluids. Human-to-human transmission can
occur via direct contact with blood or bodily fluids from an infected person.
eating of meat from wild animals — including birds and bats — that is mostly to
blame for Ebola.
don’t curb the eating of bush meat, not only could Ebola epidemics get worse in
future, but other viruses lying in wait could be unleashed because 75 per cent
of new infectious diseases affecting humans are diseases of animal origin.
Agricultural Organisation say that population growth that leads to human
encroachment of forests and wildlife reserves, among other factors, will
provoke massive killing of wild animals for subsistence or commercial purposes…
and strange ailments are likely to emerge from the forests.
on data from the Centre for International Forestry Research and the Secretariat
of the Convention on Biological Diversity estimating that more than a million
tonnes of bush meat are harvested from Central Africa alone each year! That is
one billion kilogrammes of bush meat in one region alone.
animal as a bird weighing one kilogramme and the larger ones as a big monkey
(they eat those in Central Africa) coming in at 50kg, and take the average
weight of an animal killed for bush meat to be 20kg, that means our brothers
and sisters there are downing 500 million wild animals a year!
Earth, at that rate they would eat half the population of Africa in a year.
naming ceremony Kwita Izina. There was a humorous bloke from Nigeria
there, who said there are no mountain gorillas in West Africa because they “ate
them all long ago”.
don’t take a light-hearted view of our problems, you will run mad.
beginning to gather momentum, and he wondered why Uganda, the Democratic
Republic of Congo and South Sudan, have had Ebola but not Kenya considering
that it is one of the main transit points in Africa.
speculated. I suggested to him that it is because Kenyans have cut down or
grabbed their forests, and there is little cover for Ebola-carrying animals to
Ebola, as they have cut down everything green for charcoal.
come to Africa, for here they might find the best argument for climate change;
it reduces the transmission of deadly diseases from forest wild beasts to
demonstrates what is our existential challenge. Those American missionaries who
were infected by Ebola were flown home, and they were treated with an
experimental drug that seemed to have worked.
developed in the US, although it faces virtually no risk of home-grown Ebola.
to criticising the Americans for not doing enough to share their Ebola
name it. But until we do smart science and invest in knowledge and research, we
shall still be rich sometime during this century, yes, but we shall never rule
Source: African Review