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The World in Medicine
September 17, 2003

Clue to Malaria Drug's Power

JAMA. 2003;290(11):1443. doi:10.1001/jama.290.11.1443-a

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.