Scientists Warn That a New Swine Flu Strain Is Spreading to Humans in China

Scientists Warn That a New Swine Flu Strain Is Spreading to Humans in China


Scientists are warning about a new strain of the H1N1 swine flu virus that has been spreading silently on pig farms in China and that they say should be “urgently” controlled to avoid another worldwide pandemic.

H1N1 spread around the world in 2009 and killed about 285,000 people before morphing into seasonal flu, The New York Times reported.

In a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists say the newer strain, G4 EA H1N1, has been common on China’s pig farms since 2016.

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Although some people have become infected by the virus without getting  disease, scientists fear that could change.

“G4 viruses have all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus,” the study reads.

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“Controlling the prevailing G4 EA H1N1 viruses in pigs and close monitoring in human populations, especially the

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