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      Isolation and Characterization of Viruses Related to the SARS Coronavirus from Animals in Southern China

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      American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

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          A novel coronavirus (SCoV) is the etiological agent of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). SCoV-like viruses were isolated from Himalayan palm civets found in a live-animal market in Guangdong, China. Evidence of virus infection was also detected in other animals (including a raccoon dog, Nyctereutes procyonoides) and in humans working at the same market. All the animal isolates retain a 29-nucleotide sequence that is not found in most human isolates. The detection of SCoV-like viruses in small, live wild mammals in a retail market indicates a route of interspecies transmission, although the natural reservoir is not known.

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          Journal
          Science
          Science
          American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
          0036-8075
          1095-9203
          October 10 2003
          October 10 2003
          : 302
          : 5643
          : 276-278
          Article
          10.1126/science.1087139
          12958366
          © 2003

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