Researchers Warn of Flu Strain with 'Pandemic Potential' Originating in China

Researchers Warn of Flu Strain with 'Pandemic Potential' Originating in China


Researchers are warning of new flu strain found among pigs in China, noting that it carries a global pandemic potential, as it could infect humans.

Scientists discovered the virus in China, and researchers claim it carries “‘all the hallmarks’ of being highly adapted to infect humans and needs close monitoring,” according to BBC.

The outlet noted that the new flu is “similar” to the swine flu that broke out in 2009.

Per BBC:

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So far, it hasn’t posed a big threat, but Prof Kin-Chow Chang and colleagues who have been studying it, say it is one to keep an eye on.

The virus, which the researchers call G4 EA H1N1, can grow and multiply in the cells that line the human airways.

They found evidence of recent infection starting in people who worked in abattoirs and the swine industry in China.

“Right now we are distracted with coronavirus and

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