Serology and behavioral perspectives on Ebola virus disease among bushmeat vendors in Equateur, democratic republic of the Congo, after the 2018 outbreak

Ashley Lucas, Charles Kumakamba, Christian E. Lange, Erby Obel, Guy Miningue, Jacques Likofata, Amethyst Gillis, Matthew LeBreton, David J. McIver, Jason Euren, Christine Kreuder Johnson, Tracey Goldstein, Jean J. Muyembe-Tamfum, Karen Saylors

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Abstract

After the 2018 Ebola outbreak in Equateur Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo, we conducted behavioral interviews and collected samples from bushmeat vendors and primates in Mbandaka to test for evidence of Ebola virus exposure. Although participants indicated being aware of Ebola, they did not consider themselves at occupational risk for infection. We found antibodies against Zaire ebolavirus in one participant despite no reported history of disease or contact with infected individuals. Our data underline concerns of possible subclinical or undiagnosed Ebola virus infections and the importance and challenges of risk communication to populations who are occupationally exposed to bushmeat.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberofaa295
JournalOpen Forum Infectious Diseases
Volume7
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020

Keywords

  • Behavior
  • Bushmeat
  • Ebola virus disease
  • Risk perception
  • Serology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Clinical Neurology

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