Scientists in China have identified a new flu strain that has the potential to turn into a pandemic.
The new virus strain is quite similar to the swine flu, which was known for its global widespread effects in the year 2009. Likewise, this new strain has emerged onto the scene recently, with pigs being the known carriers for the virus.
Health officials claim that the new virus can also affect humans, as easily as it can affect pigs. Similarly, many researchers are worried about how the new strain can mutate further, and hence allowing for an easy person to person transmission.
Furthermore, officials are concerned about the possibility of triggering another global outbreak.
While this new virus strain isn’t an imminent issue at the moment, researchers claim that it carries, ‘all of the hallmarks’ for infecting humans greatly. And for this reason, it requires special means of monitoring.
Since the virus is new, individuals would have little to no immunity against the strain.
Scientists have expressed their views and concerns in the renowned, ‘Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences’ journal. Overall, it contains a collection of their concerns in the form of adopting swift measures regarding virus control in pigs, while implementing important protocols for monitoring workers at the swine industry.
Health officials fear that the Coronavirus will not be the last pandemic to surface on the face of the earth. This new influenza strain could be among the world’s topmost disease threats, which is why experts are keeping a keen eye open, towards its uprising.
The famous swine flu outbreak of 2009 was the last of the pandemic flu that overtook the world in its entirety. However, thankfully, it was not as deadly as initially feared by experts. This relates to the fact that many of the elder population had a fair bit of immunity against it because the strain was similar to viruses that had circulated in the past.
The new virus, called G4 EA H1N1 grows and multiplies in cells lining the body’s airways. Currently, there are no flu vaccines that provide immunity against it, although they can be attenuated to do so, as needed.