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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.
The possible link to wild animals emerged on 23 May, when a team from the University of Hong Kong revealed that a coronavirus resembling the SARS virus had been isolated from six masked palm civets (Paguma larvata) and a raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) in a market in Shenzhen, in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. Antibodies against the virus were also found in a Chinese ferret badger (Melogale moschata) from the same market.
Although the virus is not the same as that believed to cause SARS