A review of studies on animal reservoirs of the SARS coronavirus.

@article{Shi2008ARO,
  title={A review of studies on animal reservoirs of the SARS coronavirus.},
  author={Zheng-Li Shi and Zhihong Hu},
  journal={Virus research},
  year={2008},
  volume={133 1},
  pages={74-87}
}
In this review, we summarize the researches on animal reservoirs of the SARS coronavirus (SARS-CoV). Masked palm civets were suspected as the origin of the SARS outbreak in 2003 and was confirmed as the direct origin of SARS cases with mild symptom in 2004. Sequence analysis of the SARS-CoV-like virus in masked palm civets indicated that they were highly homologous to human SARS-CoV with nt identity over 99.6%, indicating the virus has not been circulating in the population of masked palm… CONTINUE READING