WHO queries culling of civet catsBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7432.128-b (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:128
- Jane Parry
- 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 …