SARS strain related to Asian bats virus


According to a new study a novel strain of the deadly SARS virus - that sparked a health scare this year - is closely related to a virus found in Asian bats. Scientists in the Netherlands said they had sequenced the genetic code of a viral sample taken from a 60-year-old man whose death in Saudi Arabia, in June triggered fears that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome was returning in a new guise. A SARS outbreak that erupted in China in 2002, eventually caused hundreds of deaths in some 30 countries.

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