New Virus In China May Be Cause Of Death Of 3 Mine Workers
Science News: A New Killer Virus in China?
“In June 2012, three men removing slag from a derelict copper mine in southwestern China fell ill with severe pneumonia and died. Six months later, researchers went spelunking in the mine—an artificial cave hewn from a hillside—in search of pathogens. After taking anal swabs from bats, rats, and musk shrews living in the cave, the team has discovered what it says is a new virus that may have felled the workers…” (Stone, 3/20).