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Final Report - EPISARS (Prevention of future SARS epidemics through the control of animal and human infection)

Project ID: 511063
Funded under: FP6-POLICIES


This is the final report for the EPISARS project which has made some significant achievements, notably with the identification of the horseshoe bats as reservoirs for SARS-like coronaviruses, and with the documentation of the crucial role played by the masked palm civets in the spread of the disease to humans. The report covers the importance of the project and notes that it has had a direct impact on public health policies, with the control of farming and selling of masked palm civets in China. It also showed the value of multidisciplinary approaches to emerging viruses, combining, among others, zoologists, veterinarians, virologists, epidemiologists, clinicians and public health specialists.

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