Potential New ‘Pandemic Virus’ in China Found in Pigs

The coronavirus has mutated since it started spreading late last year, and a variant known as “G” is now dominant across the United States and the world. “The mutation doesn’t appear to make people sicker, but a growing number of scientists worry that it has made the virus more contagious.

Potential New ‘Pandemic Virus’ Has Been Found in Pigs, Warns China Study

A new flu virus found in Chinese pigs has become more infectious to humans and needs to be watched closely in case it becomes a potential “pandemic virus,” a study said, although experts said there is no imminent threat.

A team of Chinese researchers looked at influenza viruses found in pigs from 2011 to 2018 and found a “G4” strain of H1N1 that has “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus,” according to the paper, published by the U.S. journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Pig farm workers also showed elevated levels of the virus in their blood, the authors said, adding that “close monitoring in human populations, especially the workers in the swine industry, should be urgently implemented.”

The study highlights the risks of viruses crossing the species barrier into humans, especially in densely populated regions in China, where millions live in close proximity to farms, breeding facilities, slaughterhouses and wet markets.

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“China is closely following the developments in regard to this matter. We will take all necessary measures to prevent the spread and outbreak of any virus,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily news conference on Tuesday.

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The PNAS study said pigs were considered important “mixing vessels” for the generation of pandemic influenza viruses and called for “systematic surveillance” of the problem.

China took action against an outbreak of avian H1N1 in 2009, restricting incoming flights from affected countries and putting tens of thousands of people into quarantine.The new virus identified in the study is a recombination of the 2009 H1N1 variant and a once prevalent strain found in pigs.

But while it is capable of infecting humans, there is no imminent risk of a new pandemic, said Carl Bergstrom, a biologist at the University of Washington.

“There’s no evidence that G4 is circulating in humans, despite five years of extensive exposure,” he said on Twitter. “That’s the key context to keep in mind.”

More than 10.3 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 504,269 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

(Reporting by David Stanway; additional reporting by Cate Cadell in Beijing; editing by Richard Pullin and Nick Macfie)

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China Study Warns of Possible New ‘Pandemic Virus’ From Pigs

A team of Chinese researchers looked at influenza viruses found in pigs from 2011 to 2018 and found a “G4” strain of H1N1 that has “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus”, according to the paper, published by the U.S. journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Pig farm workers also showed elevated levels of the virus in their blood, the authors said, adding that “close monitoring in human populations, especially the workers in the swine industry, should be urgently implemented”.

The study highlights the risks of viruses crossing the species barrier into humans, especially in densely populated regions in China, where millions live close to farms, breeding facilities, slaughterhouses and wet markets.

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2 thoughts on “Potential New ‘Pandemic Virus’ in China Found in Pigs”

  1. SAVING FACE
    China Can’t Save Face because of their isgusting hygiene in that overpopulated country is normal.

    Source of swine flu.
    Pigs live in homes until slaughtered.
    Leaving babies with grandparents who live on the farm – majority of china workers are ignorant
    CCP Military surveillance oppression of the population keeps them under control
    – spit in the street
    – squat toilets
    – no toilet paper
    – kids shit and pee in the streets
    – no clean water to drink in the major cities
    – no clean water in ***** hotels
    – pollute everything – air – water – ground
    – pesticides everywhere
    – killed all the bees
    – it’s a place of poison and their lack of hygiene will kill the world.

  2. Putting a Dollar Amount on China’s Loans to the Developing World
    https://thediplomat.com/2020/06/putting-a-dollar-amount-on-chinas-loans-to-the-developing-world/
    At long last, we now know how much poor country governments owe China.
    On April 15, 2020, to ease the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the G-20 countries pledged to suspend debt service on all official bilateral credits due between May 1 and December 31, 2020, in low-income countries. As part of the effort to support the Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI), the World Ban World Bank recently published the specific debt statistics of 72 low-income countries. This is a gold mine of data. http://datatopics.worldbank.org/debt/ids/

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