The Chinese Food and Drug Administration advised against eating wild animals and "novelty" food during the upcoming Spring Festival in China, held on the 19th of February.
The administration proposed that people especially the elderly, children, pregnant women and people with food allergies eat "normal" food and avoid anything "uncommon".
A species of Chinese bat was confirmed to be a carrier of the deadly SARS virus that broke out in 2002. The virus killed about 800 people during 2002 and 2003.
A recent study on SARS confirmed findings from 2005 marking bats as the natural hosts of coronaviruses similar to SARS, reports Xinhua.