Stranger Danger: Stay Away From These Foods While Traveling

Never Buy Bushmeat

Bushmeat is sold on the side of the road in Cameroon.
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Bushmeat is hunting and selling wild animals for food. Depending on the country, these may include bats, monkeys, or squirrels. Not only is this illegal in some areas, but it’s also dangerous. According to the UN, bushmeat may spread tuberculosis, ebola, yellow fever, and other fatal diseases.

The CDC adds that bushmeat is not regulated. Because it is illegal in many areas, the vendors may not adhere to food safety regulations. It may seem “exotic,” but avoid bushmeat at all costs. Some people have died from bushmeat-related diseases.