A team of specialists from the Chinese government and two United Nations
agencies met in China last month to plan investigations into a potential animal
reservoir of the coronavirus that caused the worldwide epidemic of severe
acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Scientists have suggested that human consumption
of exotic animals allowed the SARS coronavirus to leap the species barrier
from animals to humans in China.
According to a statement released by the World Health Organization,
the team issued a series of recommendations and actions necessary to identify
the animal reservoir and contain any future outbreaks (http://www.who.int/en/). These measures include strengthening regulations in the farming,
trading, and consumption of wildlife, and increased serological monitoring
of the SARS coronavirus in both animals and humans.
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