New Virus Strain With 'Pandemic Potential' Identified In China

The World Health Organization says 18,500 died of so-called

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 are anxious that the virus could mutate, become easily transmitted from person to person and lead to a new epidemic.

Moreover, the team noted that this virus is "distinct from current human influenza vaccine strains, indicating that preexisting immunity derived from the present human seasonal influenza vaccines can not provide protection". "But we no fit lose sight of potentially unsafe new viruses". Their work demonstrated that, starting in 2016, a modified form of H1N1 - named "G4 EA H1N1" - became the dominant strain in these pigs.

"It is of concern that human infection of G4 virus will further human adaptation and increase the risk of a human pandemic".

Experts have reported a new strain of swine flu in China they called G4. If further investigations reveal that G4 is indeed a communicable disease between humans, it has the potential to spread to the wider population via those working in such industries.

Fauci was asked at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing about a new strain of H1N1 that scientists have identified and of which a study was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

"We have got to get that message out that we are all in this together", he said. And about 510,000 people have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. China has the largest population of pigs in the world, with over 400 million! While Nelson thinks the predominance of G4 in their analysis is an interesting finding, she says it's hard to know whether its spread is a growing problem, given the relatively small sample size.

A pig farmer from North China's Hebei Province who owns 10,000 hogs spoke to the Chinese state tabloid the Global Times of the new regulations being enforced by the central government.

In the paper, Sun and colleagues-including George Gao, head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention-describe lab dish studies that show how G4s have become adept at infecting and copying themselves in human airway epithelial cells.

Chinese scientists are now pleading for authorities to "urgently implement" measures to prevent the virus from spreading.

There were 179 virus strains found, but this one, in particular, stood out to the researchers. That outbreak was brought to a halt when a vaccine was quickly developed for it.

Current flu vaccines no fit protect pesin against am, although dem fit adapt dem to do so if need dey.



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