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Bushmeat and Wildlife Viruses Found | Care2 Healthy Living

Bushmeat and Wildlife Viruses Found | Care2 Healthy Living

Viruses were found in bushmeat and other imported wildlife by American researchers , in animal samples confiscated mostly from screenings at JFK International Airport in Queens, New York. Eight packages sent through mail and 20 passenger-carried packages were used as research samples. Parts from various animals were in the samples such as mangabey, baboon, chimpanzee, guenon, green monkey, cane rat, and rat. Some of the species sampled are endangered or threatened. “Although the findings to date are from a small pilot study, they remind us of the potential public health risk posed by illegal importation of wildlife products — a risk we hope to better characterize through expanded surveillance at ports of entry around the country,” said Dr. Kristine Smith, from the Wildlife Conservation Society. (Source: MedPage ) The primates carried the retroviruses, simian foamy virus, c...

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