30 June, Kathmandu
A new virus with potentiality to become a pandemic has been seen in China by scientists.
Scientists say that the virus has been emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans also. The researchers are concerned that it could mutate further so that it can spread from person to person, and have a global outbreak.
Since the virus is new, people could have little or no immunity to the virus.
The new flu strain that has been identified in China is similar to 2009 swine flu, but with some new changes.
As BBC reported, Prof Kin-Chow Chang, who works at Nottingham University in the UK, said to the BBC: “Right now we are distracted with coronavirus and rightly so. But we must not lose sight of potentially dangerous new viruses. We should not ignore it.”
Till now , new virus hasn’t made a big threat, but Prof Kin-Chow Chang and colleagues who have been studying it, say it is one to keep an eye on.
The virus, which the researchers call G4 EA H1N1, can grow and multiply in the cells that line the human airways.They found evidence of recent infection starting in people who worked in abattoirs and the swine industry in China.