Chinese scientists have discovered a new type of flu that could become a pandemic!
Chinese researchers have identified a new swine flu virus that has the potential to cause a pandemic, according to a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on June 29.
Researchers from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and China Agricultural University, among others, have provisionally named G4 EA H1N1, a new influenza virus that has been circulating among pigs at home since 2016. The virus has “all characteristics” that are highly adapted to infect humans and requires close monitoring, BBC reported.
Agence France-Presse said the G4 virus appears to have evolved genetically from the H1N1 strain that circulated in 2009.
The BBC also notes that the new strain of flu found in China is similar to the 2009 swine flu, but with some new changes.
Researchers then conducted various experiments and found that the G4 virus was highly infectious and could replicate itself using human cells, AFP reported.
The results also showed that human immunity from seasonal influenza was not sufficient against the G4 virus.
The team conducted blood tests on pig farmers and found 10.4 percent had a history of infection, AGence France-Presse said.
In addition, tests conducted on the general public also found that 4.4 percent of the population had a history of infection.
This suggests that the G4 virus has the ability to jump from animals to humans, but there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission.
“The virus may further adapt to humans, raising the risk of a pandemic among humans,” the researchers said in their paper.
The authors of the paper call for increased medical monitoring of pig farmers.
The discovery of the new swine flu virus comes at a critical time in the global fight against COVID-19.
Medicine virus research institute, wuhan university, professor Yang of autumn in an interview with “global times” reporter, said the report referred to in the G4 the possibility of the new swine flu viruses cause a worldwide pandemic is some, especially in the winter and spring of the epidemic season, “found that the a/H1N1 virus in the United States in 2009, who was the global pandemic alert level to phase 6.
If the G4 virus is similar to the 2009 virus and contains a human influenza gene fragment, it could become transmissible from person to person.”
Yang told the Global Times that we should be vigilant against the G4 virus and not take it lightly.
But he also noted that this is not the flu season and there is no need to worry too much about the virus.
“The 2009 influenza a (H1N1) pandemic had a mortality rate of around 1%, lower than that of COVID-19.”
“In addition, novel Coronavirus had a more limited transmission capacity than novel Coronavirus, which was centered in two countries at the time and didn’t cause much of a panic in other countries,” he said.