New Coronavirus Causes SARS Symptoms in Monkeys

Optional travel not advised by World Health Organization to Hong Kong and Guangdong, China, the origins of the SARS epidemic where the virus continues to infect and kill. Photograph © 2003 by AFP.
Optional travel not advised by World Health Organization to Hong Kong and Guangdong, China, the origins of the SARS epidemic where the virus continues to infect and kill. Photograph © 2003 by AFP.


April 16, 2003 Rotterdam, Netherlands - World Health Organization (W.H.O.) scientists have infected monkeys with the same new coronavirus suspected of causing the severe acute respiratory syndrome known as SARS. The primates developed the same disease symptoms experienced by human SARS patients. This is the same coronavirus that Canadian and Centers for Disease Control geneticists were finally able to gene sequence this past weekend. This particular genetic structure has not been seen before in the coronavirus family, but was extracted from some SARS patients.

 

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