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SARS, food markets, and Chinese Rat Snakes...


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Posted by Chernoff on April 26, 2003 at 11:32:23:

The Herp Digest noted interesting article on Newsday.com concerning the possible connection between "emerging diseases" like SARS and the common "wet markets" in China where live animals are sold for food. Two points:
1. The author of the article, Laurie Garrett wrote the excellent book "The Coming Plague: Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance", a thoroughly referenced, non-sensational, account of the this increasingly important global problem. She is not some ignorant journalist simply looking for headlines.
2. I was wondering whether the sad condition of many WC animals coming here from that part of the world could be that the animals being shipped are often the unsold food remainders that have been kept under terrible conditions until someone got around to buying them for the pet market (I couldn't identify the "Rat Snakes" in one of the pictures, but I wonder if Mandarins can sometimes be on the food list.
The article link is below - it's not pleasant reading...


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