“Right now we are distracted with coronavirus and rightly so. But we must not lose sight of potentially dangerous new viruses.”

Professor Kin-Chow Chang who worked on a new study that identified a swine-flu variation in China with pandemic potential.

  • Researchers looked at pig populations and workers in China from 2011-2018.
  • Discovered about 10% of workers had exposure to this new flu strain.
  • The variation has a “G4” genotype found in pigs dating back to 2016. The challenge is that the flu vaccine available does not include protection against: “G4 EA H1N1,”
  • Scientists: “Controlling the prevailing G4 EA H1N1 viruses in pigs and close monitoring in human populations, especially the workers in swine industry, should be urgently implemented,”

Why It Matters: Reminds us that while the focus remains on the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 we cannot ignore new research on other potential emerging viruses.

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