Bringing science and development together through news and analysis

  • Researchers seek source of SARS in China's wildlife

Shares
Researchers investigating the source of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) have turned their attention to the wild-animal markets of southern China.

The move follows reports that workers and animals at the markets show high rates of infection with coronaviruses, the family to which the virus believed to cause SARS belongs.

Scientists working in Hong Kong found a virus in six masked-palm civets and a raccoon dog that was very close, but not identical to the SARS virus. This animal virus is now a prime suspect in the hunt for the origins of SARS.

Link to Nature news story

Reference: Nature 423, 467 (2003)
Republish
We encourage you to republish this article online and in print, it’s free under our creative commons attribution license, but please follow some simple guidelines:
  1. You have to credit our authors.
  2. You have to credit SciDev.Net — where possible include our logo with a link back to the original article.
  3. You can simply run the first few lines of the article and then add: “Read the full article on SciDev.Net” containing a link back to the original article.
  4. If you want to also take images published in this story you will need to confirm with the original source if you're licensed to use them.
  5. The easiest way to get the article on your site is to embed the code below.
For more information view our media page and republishing guidelines.