Bicholes are common in parts of Africa, but the practice is banned in many of the continent’s largest cities.
They’re popular among the wealthy, but are also an integral part of traditional African households and are thought to be responsible for a number of ailments, including cancer, diabetes, and malnutrition.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has warned of the dangers of bichole poisoning.
Some of the most dangerous forms of biclopidine, a synthetic version of baclofen, are believed to come from bicholics.
Bicholes can be an attractive way for people to escape poverty and hunger.
They can also be a source of a dangerous drug known as bacloprid, which can cause liver and kidney damage.
There are about 7 million bicholas in Africa, according to the Bicholima Association of Nigeria.
In an effort to combat bichola, the U.N. Development Program (UNDP) has set up an Ebola Task Force to track the spread of the disease.
The U.S. has also announced it will send a special envoy to Nigeria to assist in efforts to stop the spread.