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The World in Medicine
November 19, 2003

Sources of SARS

JAMA. 2003;290(19):2535. doi:10.1001/jama.290.19.2535-a

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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