A new swine flu has emerged in China, which may take the form of an epidemic

A new swine flu has emerged in China, which may take the form of an epidemic
While the entire world has been unable to recover from the coronavirus pandemic at this time, researchers in China have detected a new type of swine flu that is capable of taking the form of a pandemic. This was stated in a study published on Monday in the American scientific journal PNAS. It is called G4. It is genetically a type of H1N1 that caused an epidemic in 2009.

Scientists at Chinese universities and China's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, "You have everything you need to be highly adaptable to infect humans." From 2011 to 2018, a veterinary nasal inflammation from researchers from 10 Chinese provinces and 30,000 pigs in hospital slaughterhouses. This allowed them to isolate 179 swine flu viruses.

Most of these viruses are of the same type that were dominant among pigs in 2016. The researchers then conducted several experiments with ferrets, which are widely used in flu studies. They experience human-like symptoms such as fever, cough, and sneezing.

G4 is a highly contagious virus. It replicates in human cells and causes more severe symptoms than other viruses. Tests have also shown that human immunity from exposure to seasonal influenza does not protect it from G4. According to blood tests, 10.4 percent of antibodies generated in the infected body were already infected after exposure to the virus.

The virus is transmitted from animals to humans, but there is no evidence that it can spread from human to human. Scientists are very concerned about this. The researchers wrote: "It is worrying that adaptation to human G4 virus infection further increases it and there is a risk of an epidemic." The authors called for immediate measures to control people working with pigs.

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