The reservoir for the coronavirus that caused severe acute respiratory
syndrome (SARS) may involve a wider range of animal species than was previously
suspected, according to new research by scientists from the Netherlands and
China. The researchers found that domesticated cats and ferrets are easily
infected with SARS coronavirus taken from a human patient and readily transmitted
the virus to uninfected animals housed with them (Nature. 2003;425:915).
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