Report: SARS link to Chinese bats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Bats found in Hong Kong carry a virus very similar to the severe acute respiratory syndrome or SARS virus and might be able to spread it, Chinese researchers reported on Friday.

They said the horseshoe bats, valued both as food and for their use in Chinese medicine, should be handled with great care.

They might have helped spread the virus among different species of animals, the researchers said. (...)
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