New H1N1 influenza A virus, a candidate pandemic virus worries scientists

June 30, 2020 - 581 views

A seven-year study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences discovered a new H1N1 influenza virus in pigs in China called G4 EA H1N1

The new flu strain identified in pigs has the potential to infect humans.

Though experts say it's not an "immediate threat, Researchers from China and the UK said the virus had "all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus" as it can grow and multiply in human cells.

It shares similarities with the 2009 swine flu, which killed an estimated 12,469 people in the United States between April 12, 2009, and April 10, 2010, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Every flu season is unique. The 2019-2020 outbreak features more cases of influenza B, the viral strain that usually emerges later in the season.



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