US Bans Civet Imports to Stop SARS Spread
Jan 13, 2004 -- As part of the national plan to prevent the spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced an immediate embargo on importation of civets to the United States. The small animals have been identified as a possible link to SARS transmission in China.
"Public health experts are concerned that civets may transmit SARS to humans, who may then pass it on to other people," Secretary Thompson said. "This embargo will help us protect the American public and prevent introduction of SARS in the United States."
The Nature of the Embargo