Researchers in China have discovered a new virile strain of swine flu that’s capable of causing a pandemic.
The new swine flu has spread rapidly and has infected one in 10 swine workers in China. And tests have shown that as many as 4.4% of the population have been exposed.
But before we get too bogged down in the details, it’s important to note that the strain hasn’t found a way to pass from human to human. And – more good news – the swine flu isn’t seen as an imminent threat. Yet.
Animal to human contact
Named G4, it’s a direct descendent of the H1N1 strain that caused the 2009 pandemic.
And it’s been confirmed that it’s only contagious from animals to humans. But scientists are worried the virus could evolve into something more dangerous with the World Health Organisation keeping track of the situation.
“It highlights we cannot let our guard down on influenza and need to be vigilant and continue surveillance even in the coronavirus pandemic,” said WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier.
The Chinese government are also monitoring the situation very closely.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily news conference that “We will take all necessary measures to prevent the spread and outbreak of any virus,” he said.