According to Chinese scientists, a new virus has emerged recently, and it’s carried by pigs in the country.
The researchers are concerned that it could mutate further so that it could spread easily from person to person, and thus trigger another global outbreak.
While they say it’s not an immediate problem, they say that the virus has all the hallmarkss of being highly adaptable to infect humans and needs close monitoring.
Also since the virus is new, people could have little to NO immunity to it.
The new flu strain that has been discovered and identified in China is similar to the 2009 swine flu, but with some new changes officials say.
The new virus is being called G4 EA H1N1 and can grow and multiply in the cells that line the human airways. They found evidence in recent infection with people who worked in abattoirs and the swing industry in China.
Current flu vaccines do not appear to protect against this new strain, although they could be adapted if needed.
“Right now we are distracted with the coronavirus and rightly so. But we must not lose sight of potentially dangerous new viruses,” Professor Kin-Chow Chang of Nottingham University in the UK says.