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The Daily Caller PRO TIP: Avoid Ebola by not eating bats

Bat meat is so versatile. Batloaf, bat a la king—the list is endless.

However, The Daily Caller must recommend in no uncertain terms that you avoid eating the mouth-watering flying mammal.

Health officials are warning that fruit bats, a delicacy in Guinea, are likely the “main agents” of the recent outbreak in the south of the country, reports BBC News.

Since an Ebola outbreak began in the West African country, 62 people have died. There have been suspected cases in nearby Sierra Leone and Liberia as well.

Bat-eating in the region sometimes involves a spicy pepper soup. People can buy the soup in village stores. Another way to eat bat is to dry the meat out over a fire.

Ebola is spread by close contact (including, presumably, ingestion). No vaccine or cure exists. Strains of the disease kill between 25 percent and 90 percent of the people who acquire it.

Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and both internal and external bleeding,

According to the World Health Organization, Ebola outbreaks happen near tropical rain forests, mainly in isolated villages in Central and West Africa.

According to a website called 501Places, bat meat has a beefy taste and is filled with entirely too many tiny bones. According to the website How Stuff Works, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has said the meat is pungent and – wait for it – tastes like chicken.

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