To fight SARS, China moves to knock civets off menus

first_img After civets were found to carry the virus, restaurants were barred from serving them for several months in 2003. Thousands of the animals were seized from farms and wildlife markets and killed last January after a few new cases of the disease occurred in southern China. The newspaper Beijing Daily reported that the ban was part of new rules issued Nov 1 by China’s Health Ministry, according to the Associated Press and Reuters. The rules ban “the slaughter, cooking, and selling of wild animals like civet cat and advocate civilized dietary habits,” a Reuters story said. SARS emerged in late 2002 in Guangdong, where civets are considered a delicacy. The disease spread from there to Hong Kong in February 2003 and then on to many other countries around the world. The ban came about 3 weeks after a report that Chinese government scientists had concluded that civets are the main animal source of the SARS virus. An Oct 11 Reuters report quoted the SARS Defense and Cure Scientific Group as saying, “Research proves that the civet cat is the primary animal source of the human SARS virus, with the ability to spread the virus.” But the group stopped short of saying civets are the only source of the human virus. The announcement also followed an Oct 23 report that 70% of a sample of 103 civets from southern China’s Guangdong province carried the virus, according to Reuters. The report said no civets from northern or eastern China were found to be infected.center_img Nov 3, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – To guard against SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), the Chinese government has banned the killing and cooking of civets, which have been carriers of the SARS virus in southern China, according to news reports yesterday. See also: Jan 16, 2004, CIDRAP News story, “WHO sees more evidence of civet role in SARS”last_img read more

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Zion Williamson on leading Duke: ‘I don’t feel the pressure’

first_imgZion Williamson has played an integral role in leading Duke during the regular season and through the NCAA Tournament, but the star forward said he doesn’t “really feel the pressure.” At just 18 years old, Williamson has come up big down the stretch when the Blue Devils needed it most. Of the four conference games Duke lost this season, Williamson was out for three recovering from a knee sprain. He helped secure the ACC Tournament victory against North Carolina with 31 points and 11 rebounds. And when it looked like Central Florida was going to win the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Williamson dropped another 32 points and 11 rebounds.  But Williamson doesn’t believe he needs to have a “monster game” every night because of the depth Duke has with freshmen R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish. “I don’t feel the pressure to have that every game because we have a lot of talented players on this team,” Williamson told reporters. “So like we just move the ball and attack. And whoever has the hot hand, that’s who is going to have the monster night.” Related News Mike Krzyzewski on Duke’s freshmen: ‘If you like basketball, you should like these kids’ Junior forward Jack White gave credit to Williamson for how he has handled the expectations this season.“He always handles it all in a great way,” White said (via USA Today). “Just being around him every day, if you didn’t know that, then you’d have no idea about all the attention he receives. He’s just like another guy on our team, really, in how he acts and carries himself. And as a teammate, he’s just great. He’s just all about winning. He just lets his game do the talking.”center_img Coach Mike Krzyzewski, however, acknowledged “there’s pressure on us all the time” and addressed some of the expectations that come from being a Blue Devil.“You have to make sure that you’re adapting to coaching a young group at this time in civilization, and not four years ago or five years ago,” Krzyzewski said. “And these guys have been really good to adapt to. Our program has incredibly high expectations from within and from without. And that’s good. And so if we succeed, we succeed famously. And if we do not succeed, we have tried to succeed famously. And I like that aspect of our program immensely.”East Region’s top-seed Duke will face No. 4 Virginia Tech in the Sweet 16 on Friday, with tip off set for 9:39 p.m. ET. Duke star Zion Williamson explains why he never considered shutting it down after injurylast_img read more

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