The world is already punished enough with the coronavirus pandemic. According to the sources, there is a new strain of swine flu with pandemic potential has been rising in China. The scientists from China Agricultural University, Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Nottingham, UK have been identifying this new virus.
This is an influenza H1N1 virus found from pig, named G4. It has all of the potentials to be a pandemic virus. It has been published in PNAS journal on Monday that the virus can be transmitted from pigs to humans. There is a little chance of human to human transmission. But this can’t be ignored. Serological surveillance showed that among 20.5 per cent of 338 swine workers has been found positive, all of them are from the age group of 18-35.
These kinds of infections can enhance the chances of virus adaptation among humans. It raises the concern about the next generation pandemic possibilities. It has been also found that human influenza vaccine can’t provide any immunity against G4 viruses. In the year of 2009, the swine flu outbreak killed more than 157,000 – 575,000 people around the world.
The fatality of that pandemic occurred among the people younger than 65 years of age, more than 1/3 people from the age group of 60 had antibodies against the virus. A vaccine was developed within 2010 by World Health Organisation. The similar symptoms to humans are fever, coughing and sneezing.
According to the report, the virus is intensely infectious. It can replicate in human cells and can cause many serious symptoms in ferrets. People who closely worked with pigs must be taken under surveillance for the testing if they are getting infected. Now for this virus, there is a new risk of a new emergence of zoonotic pathogens and other farmed animal, with which humans are much closer in contact than the wildlife.