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    New swine flu with pandemic potential identified by China researchers - G4 EA H1N

    New swine flu with pandemic potential identified by China researchers - G4 EA H1N-screenshot_2020-07-01-new-swine-flu

    G4 strain has already infected 10% of industry’s workers in China but no evidence yet that it can be passed from human to human

    Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study in the US science journal PNAS, although experts said there is no imminent threat.


    Named G4, it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009.


    It possesses “all the essential hallmarks of being highly adapted to infect humans”, said the authors, scientists at Chinese universities and China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in the study published on Monday.


    New swine flu with pandemic potential identified by China researchers | World news | The Guardian
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    Dr. Anthony Fauci says new virus in China has traits of 2009 H1N1 and 1918 pandemic flu
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    What's next?

    People in my field — infectious disease research — are alert but not alarmed. New strains of flu do pop up from time to time and we need to be ready to respond when they do, watching carefully for signs of human-to-human transmission.

    As far as I can tell, the specific tests we use for influenza in humans won't identify this new G4 EA H1N1 virus, so we should design new tests and have them ready. Our general flu A screening test should work though.

    In other words, we can tell if someone has what's called "Influenza A" (one kind of flu virus we usually see in flu season) but that's a catch-all term, and there are many strains of flu within that category. We don't yet have a customised test to detect this new particular strain of flu identified in China. But we can make one quickly.

    Being prepared at the laboratory level if we see strange upticks in influenza is essential and underscores the importance of pandemic planning, ongoing virus surveillance and comprehensive public health policies.

    And as with all flus, our best defences are meticulous hand washing and keeping physical distance from others if you, or they, are at all unwell.

    A new H1N1 swine flu with '''pandemic potential''' has been found in China. Here'''s what we know - ABC News

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    The worry is that it jumps to other species, becomes highly infectious and fatal to humans, and the chinkies cover it up and spread it worldwide again.

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