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Pangolins believed to be a potential link to coronavirus outbreak

Genome of virus in the animal is 99% match to that of infected patients

A pangolin takes a walk during a Bangkok news conference in August 2017 after Thai customs officials confiscated 136 of the scaly anteaters.   © Reuters

The pangolin, a scaly mammalian anteater, is the latest animal to be identified as an intermediate host of the new coronavirus that has sickened more than 31,000 people worldwide.

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