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Consuming Monkey Meat may be Invitation to New Disease

by Kathy Jones on  May 28, 2012 at 6:49 PM Diet & Nutrition News   - G J E 4
While monkey meat is viewed as a popular delicacy in Cameroon, the country's scientists have warned that the meat could trigger a new disease as it may contain a virus that is similar to HIV.
 Consuming Monkey Meat may be Invitation to New Disease
Consuming Monkey Meat may be Invitation to New Disease
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Bush meat is eaten by a large number of people across the world and includes meat of chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys.

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However Babila Tafon, the chief Veterinarian of the primate sanctuary Ape Action Africa, revealed that he has found a virus in the meat that is similar to HIV.

Known as Simian foamy virus, it is being suspected to have caused the deaths of 25 villagers who ate meat from a dead gorilla. "Illegal hunters exposing themselves to such virus by eating the apes flesh are more exposed to the virus which may cause a potential mutation to form a new aggressive form of virus", Professor Dorninique Baudon, the director of the Pasteur Centre in Yaounde, said.

Source: Medindia
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