Guinea has banned the sale and consumption of bats to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, its health minister has said.
Bats appeared to be the “main agents” for the Ebola outbreak in the remote south, Rene Lamah said.
Sixty-two people have now been killed by the virus in Guinea, with suspected cases reported in neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Ebola is spread by close contact and kills between 25% and 90% of victims.
There is no known cure or vaccine.
Symptoms include internal and external bleeding, diarrhoea and vomiting.
It is said to be the first time Ebola has struck Guinea, with recent outbreaks thousands of miles away, in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.