China targets pets in bid to curb SARS

BEIJING: Dogs, cats and other pets of families quarantined during the SARS outbreak here are to be isolated or killed for fear they might spread the virus, police said yesterday. 

Depending on where the families live, their pets are to be kept in remote areas or euthanised, said an officer at the police headquarters here.  

He would not give any other details or his name. “Pets are very likely to be another virus carrier,'' said the officer.  

“We must cut off any possible sources of infection to fight against SARS.'' 

The city has reported 2,000 cases of infection – nearly half the county's total – and 110 deaths. 

Experts are looking into whether animals can spread the virus, but no definite link has been shown. – Reuters  

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