Veterinary services in Africa not equipped to respond to Ebola

Ape. Photo: UNEP/Johannes Refisch

Veterinary services in Africa are not equipped to detect or respond quickly to an outbreak of the Ebola virus in animals, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned.

Chimpanzees, gorillas and apes continue to be infected and harmed by the Ebola virus.

Ebola first appeared in 1976 in a village near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in a remote area of Sudan, the UN says.

The origin of the virus is unknown but fruit bats are considered the likely host of the virus.

FAO Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Juan Lubroth explained to Jocelyne Sambira how animals got infected.

Duration: 4'32''

 

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