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CDC Accused of Racism After Using Chinese Art to Connect to Disease-Carrying Bats

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has come under fire after using an image of an 18th-century Chinese military badge that featured bats on the May 2020 cover of its Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) journal.

The agency announced the cover in a now-deleted Instagram post, which noted that animals featured on such badges can serve as zoonotic reservoirs “capable of transmitting viral pathogens that can cause respiratory infections in humans.”