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Report: SARS link to Chinese bats

Postby Squirrel Girl » Sep 10, 2005 6:52 am

Remind me not to engage in Chinese traditional medicine.....

http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/conditio ... bats.reut/

They found a coronavirus similar to SARS in nearly 40 percent of wild Chinese horseshoe bats they examined.
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But because bat feces are used in Chinese traditional medicine, and bat meat is considered a delicacy in parts of Asia, the researchers suggest caution in handling them.

"Interestingly, the nearest wildlife market previously found to have animals with SARS in Shenzhen is only 10 miles (17 km) away from the locations with bats harboring bat-SARS in (Hong Kong)," the researchers wrote.[/url]
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