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Severe acute respiratory syndrome
The virus killed nearly 25,000 piglets at 4 farms in Guangdong province in 2016 and 2017.
New viruses had all the building blocks of the human virus, and lab exeriments found that some are equipped with the same capacity to enter human cells.
Genetic analysis of a virus from Uganda revealed that it is 87% identical to MERS-CoV.
The panel's concern was fueled by the threat of an airborne virus spread more easily than Ebola.
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Hu B, Zeng LP, Yang XL, et al. Discovery of a rich gene pool of bat SARS-related coronaviruses provides new insights into the origin of SARS coronavirus. PLoS Pathog 2017 Nov 30;13(11):e1006698
Zhou P, Fan H, Lan T, et al. Fatal swine acute diarrhoea syndrome caused by an HKU2-related coronavirus of bat origin. (Letter) Nature 2018 (published online Apr 4)
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