A new flu virus has emerged in China with 'pandemic potential'



They say scientists in China have identified a new species of flu that could become an epidemic.


The virus, called G4EA H1N1, is run by pigs but infects humans, scientists said in a new research paper.

And because this is a new species, humans have little or no immunity - that is, the virus needs close monitoring.

One of the authors who studied the new virus said "we should not ignore what we found."

Professor Kin-Chong Chong of the University of Nottingham, UK, told the BBC: "We are now distracted by the coronavirus. But we must not miss a dangerous new virus."

The paper stated: "The G4 virus [which is one of these viruses] contains all the essential signs of the candidate pandemic virus. The concern is that pig workers show elevated seroprevalence for the G4 virus."

Scientists and public health professionals are always on the lookout for new types of flu.
Authorities regarded the pandemic influenza as one of the two major threats to national security since a government document leaked last year.

The last time the influenza pandemic swine flu occurred was in 2009.

The outbreak ended with less intensity than fear, as previous people seemed to be immune from the previous flu outbreak.

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, 575,000 people died in the first year of the swine flu outbreak.

According to scientists, the new virus is similar to swine flu, but with some important differences.

Researchers in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said the new breed, known as the G-4EA H1N1, had no major impact.

He said there was evidence that those working in local slaughter and those associated with pigs were infected with the virus.

Flu vaccines currently do not protect them from new species, but they can adapt.

Scientists have recommended that measures be taken to control the virus and measure the local population closely.

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