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Alison Abbott,Munich At least three species of wild animals sold in markets in the Guangdong province of southern China have been shown to harbour the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). And a substantial number of similar leads are being developed, accord- ing to an international delegation of experts. The delegation was in Guangdong, where the SARS outbreak began, this month to assess the progress being made in the hunt for the disease’s animal ‘reservoir’. Like flu, SARS is suspected to be seasonal. But the group found that as winter approaches, local scien- tists are a long way from identifying which species is the true reservoir for the disease — and so could spark a fresh SARS outbreak. Several Chinese research institutes have been involved in the intense effort to test both domesticated and wild animals for the coronavirus that causes SARS.And the dele- gation, split half-and-half between Chinese researchers and those from elsewhere,repre- senting the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, was surprised by some of the results it was shown. At a press conference on 20 August, the
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