News By/Courtesy: Dhruv Agrawal | 30 Jun 2020 19:37pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Researchers in China have discovered a new type of virus
  • Named G4, it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused pandemic in 2009
  • It possesses

Chinese researchers have discovered a new type of swine flu that can infect humans and has the potential to cause a future pandemic, according to a study released on Monday, though scientists have cautioned that the virus does not pose an immediate global health threat.

The disease, which researchers called the G4 virus, is genetically descended from the H1N1 Swine Flu that caused a pandemic in 2009. G4 now shows "all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus," said the study, published in the scientific journal Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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 in people who worked in abattoirs and the swine industry in China when they looked at data from 2011 to 2018. Current flu vaccines do not appear to protect against it, although they could be adapted to do so if needed. Prof Kin-Chow Chang, who works at Nottingham University in the UK, told the BBC: "Right now we are distracted with coronavirus and rightly so. But we must not lose sight of potentially dangerous new viruses.

I hope, this is not a sign of another pandemic in the country, and even if it does not reach out nation, I hope as well that this gets solved as soon as possible wherever it has spread and gets controlled before any bigger outbreak happens.

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Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 30 Jun 2020 22:38pm IST


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