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Ebola and food: What you need to know

Ebola and food: What you need to know
Ebola and food: What you need to know
Chef Larry Edwards/Casa de Cuisine

With the current state of Ebola outbreaks happening throughout the world and making its way to the United States, Food Safety News and the World Health Organization (WHO) have released today, August 26, 2014 some reminders centering on Ebola and the food you consume.

When most people think of Ebola, they don't necessarily think of the food they may be eating and this can be a fatal error of judgement. Ebola is a viruses and can often be spread via the food chain. According to the World Health Organization: "If food products are properly prepared and cooked, humans cannot become infected by consuming them because the Ebola virus is inactivated through cooking.

Basic hygiene measures, including regular hand washing and changing clothes and boots before and after touching infected animals or contact with raw meat and byproducts, can prevent infection in people."

The problem herein lies with the fact most people do not really know how to properly prepare animal flesh (meat). Since Ebola has a fatality rate among the highest of any virus known to man, taking precautions is of the utmost priority. Your best weapon of avoiding Ebola through food is really quite simple. Aside from the points noted from the World Health Organization, you should buy a meat thermometer and only cook meat in accordance to the safety guidelines as prescribed by the and you can download a quick guide at the link provided.

The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients.

Sick and diseased animals should never be consumed, WHO warns.