Surrounded by Viruses

While everybody has heard of the cold virus and many others that infect people, there are a number of viruses lurking out there in other animals. Other animals, Megan Gannon at LiveScience notes, have been the source of viruses like HIV, SARS, and West Nile that are fairly new to infecting people.

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