Just as the world is fighting for the worst pandemic since the Spanish flu in 1918, the flu in China is catching the attention of scientists.
Chinese researchers have discovered a new type of influenza virus that is infecting pigs in China and has the so-called swine flu (H1N1) characteristics, which led to the 2009 pandemic.
The researchers published a report earlier this week in the peer-reviewed scientific journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), which identified an influenza virus-G4 EA H1N1- that has characteristics similar to H1N1 and can be spread To humans.
Scientists studied Chinese pig populations in various provinces between 2011 and 2018, and they claimed that the new flu has all the necessary attributes of a pandemic.
The report reads: “The G4 virus has all the basic characteristics of a pandemic candidate virus.” The researchers wrote: “The G4 EA H1N1 virus circulating in pigs should be urgently controlled, and the population should be closely monitored, especially workers in the pig industry, “
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines swine flu as a swine respiratory disease caused by influenza A virus, which usually causes swine flu outbreaks.
The world is dealing with SAR-COV2, a new coronavirus that can cause COVID-19 respiratory disease, which was first discovered in Wuhan, China, in December.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 10 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide and at least 507,014 people have died. The United States continues to maintain its leading position in the world, with a total of 2.6 million cases and 126,360 deaths. This data has been revised downwards since this morning.
On Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief infectious disease expert in the United States, said, “It is possible that there will be another swine flu outbreak as in 2009,” testifying to a Senate committee. COVID-19 is very popular.
The public health expert said: “This is still in the inspection stage.” Fauci said that the flu is not “a threat immediately after you see the infection, but this is something we need to pay close attention to, just like we did in 2009 The emergence of swine flu does just that.”