February 7, 2020 / 8:39 AM / 13 days ago

China scientists identify pangolin as possible coronavirus host

BEIJING, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Chinese researchers said the pangolin, a mammal illegally trafficked for its scales and meat, is a potential intermediate host for the coronavirus that has killed more than 600 people in China.

“This latest discovery will be of great significance for the prevention and control of the origin (of the virus),” South China Agricultural University, which led the research, said in a statement on its website. (Reporting by Tom Daly and Dominique Patton; editing by John Stonestreet)

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