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Vigilance against viruses

The discovery of a virus #8211; almost like the coronavirus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) #8211; in the civet cat raises the question of whether governments should tighten the rules on wildgame trade to prevent unknown viruses from spreading across borders.


Chow down

SARS has disrupted China#8217;s wild game business and may be doing for wild animals what wildlife protection advocates have been unable to do for years, DOUG YOUNG and SHASHA DAI report.


Tracking the source

ALTHOUGH recent studies indicated that the coronavirus (CoV) that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is most probably of wildlife origin, more studies are needed to look at the wildlife population to conclude the initial findings.


The buzz in the neighbourhood

To YVONNE LEE SHU YEE, dengue fever was something that seemed very distant till some of her relatives were down with the dreaded disease.


MB: Something amiss if councils don't act

There is something wrong with the system of issuing permits to entertainment outlets if district and municipal councils do not act against operators who flout the law, said Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob.


What a lark

THIS must be the grandest lark of a book that I have read in a long time. It starts off with a prologue that sets you up #8211; even though the author had unabashedly told you this book is a novelty, not fact.

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SARS a big worry for HK snake merchants

B>HONG KONG:/BAs mainland Chinese authorities crack down on wildlife markets full of exotic species viewed as culinary delicacies, Hong Kong's snake dealers are worried about their business.

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1,700 students in Toronto quarantined

B>TAIPEI:/BA Toronto high school was closed and its 1,700 students were in quarantine yesterday amid renewed SARS fears in Canada's largest city, while Taiwan reported its biggest increase in new cases of the disease in nearly a week.

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Chinese inspectors seize game from markets

B>BEIJING:/BForestry officials in southern China seized game ranging from cranes to snakes in raids on wildlife markets under new restrictions meant to stop the spread of SARS, officials and state media said Wednesday.


On the trail of the big cat

ANY seasoned trekker would shudder at the thought of trekking for more than a week in unchartered terrain in Taman Negara.