China battles virus that has killed two pandas and left third critical

A deadly virus has claimed the lives of two of China’s beloved giant pandas and left a third in critical condition, CNN reports.

Chinese state media reported that veterinarians are using antiviral therapy to treat five-year-old Feng Feng, after medical tests showed serious damage to the panda’s heart, liver, kidney and lungs.

Two other pandas have passed away from the canine distemper virus since early December, according to Han Xueli, spokesperson at the Shaanxi Province Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Research Center.

The virus is often fatal for pandas, killing up to 80% of those infected. The research center says it does not know how the infections occurred.

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