China Reports a New Pandemic Potential Virus

Scientists claim that this new pathogen has the sufficient hallmarks of a potential pandemic virus. The research was published in the PNAS journal.


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China Reports a New Pandemic Potential Virus

Even as the whole world is suffering through the deadly impact of COVID-19 pandemic that broke out of China more than six months ago in China's Hubei province, a new strain of virus has emrged in the Asian countries.

Though Swine flu had emerged in China in the early 200s but scientists have now discovered another new flu virus that broke out from pigs and is spreading at a very fast rate in workers in the swine industries.

Scientists claim that this new pathogen has the sufficient hallmarks of a potential pandemic virus. The research was published in the PNAS journal.

Scientists said the new strain of flu was found, which they named as G4 EA H1N1, is one of the variation of swine flu and it includes G4 genotype that has become predominant in swine populations since 2016.

Scientists at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention claim that the G4 viruses latch on to human cells in via receptor molecules and replicate in exterior layers of respiratory system.

The new emerged virus has the capability to infect ferrets  through aerosol transmission and can cause severe clinical symptoms such as cough, sneezes, whizes and a mean weight loss from 7.3 to 9.8% in whole body mass of the infected patient.

Tests have showwd that more than 4.4% of the Chinese population expected to be exposed to the new virus. Scientists say that humans are not safe from the virus even with the immunity given by vaccines for other viral infections.

Such viral infectivity greatly enhances the probability for virus adaptation in humans and raises concerns for the possible generation of pandemic viruses. The new virus is a worrying concern in pig farms and the widespread passage of the G4 pathogen in swines increases their exposure to humans, they wrote in their journals.

Researchers claim that the new virus could lead to severe infection and even death. The new virus is still passed from animals to humans, there is still no evidence yet that it can trsansmit from human to human.

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