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‘Highly infectious’ swine flu found in China has pandemic potential


Beijing, June 30: G4, a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic has been discovered by the Chinese scientists, even as the cotonavirus pandemic is yet to over.

The researchers reported on influenza virus surveillance in pigs from 2011 to 2018 and came across a genotype G4 that "resembles the 2009 H1NI pandemic".

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According to the study published in the journal PNAS: the flu possesses "all the essential hallmarks of being highly adapted to infect humans," say the authors, scientists at Chinese universities and China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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