Professor Kin-Chow Chang Who Worked on a New Study that Identified a Swine-Flu Variation in China with Pandemic Potential.

June 30, 2020

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

  • 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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by Jenna Lee,