Scientists have signaled that a new strain of swine flu virus is spreading quickly to humans in China. They noted that, a new H1N1 swine flu is spreading silently among people who work on pig farms in China. They warned this tragic incident must be immediately controlled to avoid another pandemic which could cause havoc globally like the recent covid-19.
The scientists published their findings in United States science journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday June 30, earlyhours, local time.
They revealed the new strain of flu named “G4 EA H1N1 is a variation of swine flu and includes the G4 genotype that has become predominant in swine populations since 2016. The new strain has been identified as having all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus” they said
They also revealed that around 10% of swine flu workers they tested in China had already been exposed to the virus, something they described as grave danger if immediate measures are not taken. Swine workers infected are youngsters between ages 18 to 35.
The new strain descended from the type of flu known as swine flu that emerged in 2009, killing over 250,000 people, causing the first global flu pandemic in 40years