Chinese scientists have discovered a new strain of swine flu. It is a mixture of avian flu and H1N1, which in 2009 claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
the Researchers say that until now the new strain – it was called G4 EA H1N1 did not pose a threat to humans. He was identified on the basis of 30 thousand strokes from the nose of pigs in slaughterhouses across China.
recently, However, antibody G4 was detected in blood from 10% of employees of the pig farms. According to scientists, the new strain has “all the hallmarks”, which consists in the possibility of transmission from person to person, writes “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”.
“Pigs are considered to be media or “mixing vessels” pandemic influenza viruses,” write the researchers in an article published the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Infectious disease specialists stated the need for systematic surveillance for new strains of viruses from pigs, because it will allow to warn the next potential pandemic at an early stage.