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WHO queries culling of civet cats

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:128
  1. Jane Parry
  1. Hong Kong

    As a third suspected case of SARS emerged in Guangdong province, southern China, officials from the World Health Organization have queried the decision to cull civet cats, considered a delicacy in the province.

    Genetic sequencing of samples from the first SARS case of 2004, a Chinese journalist, indicates that the virus that infected the man is similar to that carried by civet cats. The local government ordered a mass slaughter of the wild animal as a result.

    Various methods, including drowning in …

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