Swine flu with pandemic potential discovered in China

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That's because, according to the report, researchers in China "have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic". This rate was much higher than in the general population, suggesting that the virus is transmissible from pigs to humans outside of a laboratory environment.

Researchers who have shared their concerns in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal say the strain has the potential to mutate and spread easily between humans, which could trigger a global outbreak, and as it is a new virus, people could have little to no immunity.

However, he said it is important to monitor the emerging situation.

"While this new virus is not an immediate problem". The coronavirus that caused the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic is believed to have originated in horseshoe bats in southwest China, and could have spread to humans via a seafood market in Wuhan, where the virus was first identified.

The study's researchers wrote about the need to control the virus in pigs and monitor those working with the animals.

Prof Kin-Chow Chang, who works at Nottingham University in the United Kingdom, told the BBC: "Right now we are distracted with coronavirus and rightly so".

There have been cases of swine workers contracting G4 from pigs, but there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission yet.


Kin-Chow told the BBC: "Right we are distracted with coronavirus, and rightly so".

Researchers from the China Agricultural University, the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Nottingham, in the United Kingdom, revealed that influenza virus surveillance on pigs between 2011 and 2018 has led to the discovery of a new H1N1 strain they have named G4. It leads to a creation of a new virus, which appears to be the case with G4.

That last flu pandemic was the swine flu which started in Mexico in 2009.

Robert Webster, an influenza investigator, told Science magazine it's "a guessing game" if the new virus will evolve to transmit between humans.

"We just do not know a pandemic is going to occur until the d-n thing occurs", he said. "Will this one do it?"

From 2011 to 2018, researchers took 30,000 nasal swabs from pigs in slaughterhouses in 10 Chinese provinces and in a veterinary hospital, allowing them to isolate 179 swine flu viruses.

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