Illegal Meats Are a Source of Transmission

Illegal Meats Are a Source of Transmission

With the rising awareness around the world about the transmission and prevention of HIV/AIDS, many people seem more concerned about the transmission of the disease from human to human contact. But did you know that in the past, the disease was actually acquired from infected animals and infected meats. As far as we have come with the screening of meats that make it into the produce world, it is a bit scary to see that we now have to worry again about contaminated meats.

Apparently, more and more people are killing illegal wildlife, smuggling and selling it. The risk is where an infected animal bites another animal and then one or both animals are killed. They say that as of now there is no need to be alarmed about any risk of human infection or contamination; however some viruses like SFV can be passed to unknowing victims thru the meats.   Victims who ingest the contaminated meats, may not exhibit any symptoms for days or even weeks.  Although there have been no results to show any transmission of HIV/AIDS from contaminated meats at this point, it remains to be seen exactly what viruses and other harmful or potentially lethal microorganisms can be.

If there is anything that we have learned as far as epidemics and the past; it is that history often repeats itself if we do not pay attention and take the necessary precautions to correct the behaviors that lead up to the catastrophes.  Taking action and becoming more diligent on preventing the hunting of illegal wildlife and more through screening of foods, will ensure the health of the public and prevent the start and spread of epidemics.