Border Agents Seize Dangerous 'Bushmeat' Including Bats & Monkeys Carrying Ebola

 

MINNEAPOLIS — At Minneapolis – Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have identified a trend that could have deadly effects and lead to another outbreak of disease.  The culprit is bushmeat.

The term “bushmeat” refers to raw and minimally processed meat that comes from wild animals in certain regions of the world including Africa and may pose communicable disease risk. Bushmeat comes from a variety of wild animals, including bats, nonhuman primates, cane rats (grasscutters) and antelope. Bushmeat is often smoked, dried, or salted, which are not procedures that render the meat noninfectious. Bushmeat could be infected with germs that can cause sickness in people including the Ebola virus.

CBP Confiscates Bushmeat (Contributed/CBP)

CBP Confiscates Bushmeat (Contributed/CBP)

Since late December, CBP Agriculture Specialists at MSP have observed U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning from Liberia and declaring fish only on their written and verbal declarations. Even when passengers are asked directly about bushmeat, they declare “fish.”  Inspections reveal more than fish. Most packages are wrapped in multiple layers of newspaper, plastic, foil, and tape. Chief Agriculture Specialist Lauren Lewis said, “the intermingling of fish and bushmeat in the same package is common.”

During the last week of 2021, officers seized over 104 pounds of bushmeat. Due to the potential of foreign animal disease introduction, CBP agriculture specialists take the most restrictive action to remove such items from a traveler’s baggage as an exact countermeasure in accordance with U.S. Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Fish and Wildlife regulations.

“Minnesota’s CBP agriculture specialists are focused on their mission to prevent entry of prohibited items from entering into the United States,” said LaFonda D. Sutton-Burke, Director, Field Operations-Chicago. “The sheer volume of bushmeat our specialist intercept clearly shows how they play a critical role in preventing diseases from entering the United States.”

“Just last week our agriculture specialists stopped a passenger returning from Liberia,” said Augustine Moore, Area Port Director-Minnesota. When officers asked if he had any bushmeat, he said he had “parts of a monkey; turned out is was two primate arms and primate rib material.”

Ebola is a rare and deadly disease that is spread through direct contact with the blood or body fluids or a person that is sick or died from Ebola. Generally, Ebola is not spread by food. However, in Africa, human infections have been associated with hunting, butchering, and processing of meat from infected animals. To learn more about bushmeat visit https://www.cdc.gov/importation/index.html

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What the HELL guessing hamburger meat way too expensive.

Probably those “evil” republicans jacking up the price nevermind the fact that the cost of feed and transportation have skyrocketed ever since Biden was elected lol.

Yeah those prices have gone up all over the world, can you explain how that is Biden's fault?

Remember we were in a recession under trump, the second one in 12 years caused by a republican.

Then do something about it what steps has Biden taken to help alleviate the problem?

But to just sit back and say “well I guess there’s nothing that can be done” is chickenshit ;)

So you still can't explain how inflation happening all over the world is bidens fault? This is your last chance or you will lose all credibility on your position.

Haha. Here in the U.S. inflation due to supply chain issues and rising transportation cost. Like I explained before more to do with Biden’s inactions than his actions ;)

Those are happening all over the world, which you still can't explain how they are bidens fault. Now you have shifted to him not doing anything causing it, from him causing it by doing things. Your done, you have nothing and keep flip flopping and refuse to provide any evidence of your position. You lost, like republicans usually do.

Poor Joey can’t catch a break lol. So what you are claiming is Biden bears no responsibility whatsoever?

Thus the term “chickenshit” ;)

Does Trump bear responsibility for the recession last year? You have failed to prove your position. You have lost like republicans usually do.

Ah the “Trump recession”…on record as the shortest recession in history ;)

What steps has Biden taken to help alleviate the problem answer or you lose all credibility lol.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2022/01/12/bidens-approval-rating-new-low-covid-economy/9189510002/ 

Note the part about inflation being at a 39 year high....answer given libtard

Can’t blame Biden just recently informed by a family member that hamburger meat costs over $5 dollars a pound…which he immediately blamed on meat producers for jacking up the price ;)

Btw…we’re not technically in a recession right now. Likely due to red states refusing to shut down their economy you’re welcome ;)

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