August 16, 2003 |
A ban on the sale of civet cats in China has been lifted despite the creatures' possible link to the spread of SARS -- a sign that economic concerns are trumping medical precautions barely a season after the height of the disease. "Starting to sell them in markets again seems to be looking for trouble," Henry Niman, a Harvard University professor who has tracked SARS since its earliest days, said Friday.
June 16, 2003 |
Two years ago, Zhu Mingda took all his savings, borrowed from relatives and friends, and rented a patch of land in this smoky factory town on the outskirts of Shanghai. Then he went to work, raising civet cats. Caring for civets, with the body of a small fox and a face like a weasel's, is tedious and unending. But the payoff can be huge: Prized for their fur and meat, mature civet cats command as much as $250 apiece.
January 8, 2004 |
China reported a second suspected case of SARS on Thursday, even as the country's first confirmed patient of the season was released from the hospital and officials hauled away thousands of civet cats for slaughter in an attempt to prevent further infections. The announcement of the new case by the official New China News Agency said only that a waitress hospitalized in the southern city of Guangzhou was suspected of having severe acute respiratory syndrome.
May 24, 2003 |
Chinese researchers say they may have found the hitherto elusive source of the SARS outbreak, tracking the virus that causes it to civet cats sold in a Guangdong marketplace and eaten by some Chinese as a delicacy.
January 5, 2004 |
A Chinese researcher said today that his country's latest suspected SARS patient in southern China definitely has the disease, while Hong Kong researchers linked the case to wild animals. Zhong Nanshan, director of the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Diseases, told reporters in Hong Kong that the 32-year-old TV producer who fell ill in the southern province of Guangdong has severe acute respiratory syndrome.
October 1, 2005 |
Horseshoe bats in China are infected with viruses similar to the SARS virus, suggesting that the bats are the origin of the SARS outbreak that struck Asia in 2002 and 2003, two research teams independently reported this month. Researchers had previously found the virus in civet cats sold in markets as food, and some assumed that those animals were the source. But the World Health Organization cautioned that the virus could not be found widely in wild civets.