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

  title={Isolation and Characterization of Viruses Related to the SARS Coronavirus from Animals in Southern China},
  author={Yi Guan and B. J. Zheng and Y. Q. He and X. L. Liu and Zhi-xiong Zhuang and C. L. Cheung and S. W. Luo and P. H. Li and L. J. Zhang and Y. J. Guan and K. M. Butt and K. L. Wong and K. W. Chan and Wilina W. L. Lim and Kennedy F. Shortridge and Kwok Yung Yuen and J. S. Malik Peiris and L. L. M. Poon},
  pages={276 - 278}
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… 
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