Chinese Bats May Be Carrying the Next SARS Pandemic

By Kai Kupferschmidt, ScienceNOW In November 2002, a deadly new virus emerged suddenly in the south of China. In less than a year, the disease it caused, known as SARS, spread to 33 countries, sickening more than 8,000 people and killing more than 700. Then it disappeared. Now, researchers say, they have for the first time isolated a closely related virus from bats in China that can infect human cells.

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Source: Wired