New Delhi: After the horrifying outbreak of coronavirus that has killed millions across the world, researchers in China have now discovered a new type of swine flu that has the potential to trigger another pandemic, a study was published on Monday.
According to the United States science journal PNAS, the new Swine Flu, named G4, has descended from the H1N1 virus that caused a pandemic affecting parts of the world in 2009.
The G4 influenza has been observed as highly infectious during experiments on ferrets and it possesses “all the essential hallmarks of being highly adapted to infect humans”. Moreover, any immunity gain against the seasonal flu did not show any protection from G4 swine flu.
Of 30,000 nasal swabs from pigs in slaughterhouses and a veterinary hospital in 10 Chinese provinces, researchers isolated 179 swine flu viruses.
Scientists collected various blood samples and discovered that at least 10.4 per cent of swine workers have developed antibodies, hence, already been infected by the new swine flu along with nearly 4.4 per cent of the general population.