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China kills 10 000 civet cats in “patriotic” campaign against SARS

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 01 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:040249a
  1. Richard Hurley1
  1. 1London

A cull of thousands of civet cats, badgers, racoons, dogs, and cockroaches has been started in response to China's first new case of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in six months.

The infected man, from the city of Guangzhou, in the southern province of Guangdong, has made a full recovery. He had caught a similar strain of SARS to one found in civet cats but said that he had never eaten nor even seen the animals. In Guangdong, civets--weasel-like members of the mongoose family--are an expensive delicacy.

“We …

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