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Individual study: Characteristics and risk perceptions of Ghanaians potentially exposed to bat-borne zoonoses through bushmeat

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Kamins A.O., Rowcliffe J.M., Ntiamoa-Baidu Y., Cunningham H.M., Wood J.L.N. & Restif O. (2015) Characteristics and risk perceptions of Ghanaians potentially exposed to bat-borne zoonoses through bushmeat. EcoHealth, 12, 104-120


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Inform local communities about disease risks from hunting and eating bat meat to reduce killing of bats Bat Conservation

A before-and-after study in 2009–2011 in a rural region of southern Ghana (Kamins et al. 2015) found that after education about the disease risks from hunting and eating bat meat, fewer hunters intended to hunt bats in the future than before the education was provided. In response to a questionnaire, fewer hunters (1 of 4) stated they intended to hunt bats in the future after they were given education about the risks of diseases carried by bats than before (all 4 of the hunters), although sample sizes were small and the difference was not tested for statistical significance. In 2009–2011, each of four bat hunters was interviewed with the same set of questions before and after a brief education piece was provided including verbal explanations of the risks of contracting diseases carried by bats.

(Summarised by Anna Berthinussen)

Inform local communities about the negative impacts of bat hunting to reduce killing of bats Bat Conservation

A before-and-after study in 2009–2011 in a rural region of southern Ghana (Kamins et al. 2015) found that after education about the negative impacts of bat hunting, fewer hunters intended to hunt bats in the future than before the education was provided. In response to a questionnaire, fewer hunters (2 of 4) stated they intended to hunt bats in the future after they were given education about the negative impacts of bat hunting than before (all 4 of the hunters), although sample sizes were small and the difference was not tested for statistical significance. In 2009–2011, each of four bat hunters was interviewed with the same set of questions before and after a brief education piece was provided including verbal explanations of the important ecological roles of bats.

(Summarised by Anna Berthinussen)