Another flu virus found in China which could likely become pandemic
Scientists in China have discovered a new flu virus in China that could likely pose another threat to humanity, as there is possibility that it could soon become a pandemic.
The flu has emerged from pigs, and there is likelihood that it could infect humans, a threat which scientists say cannot be ignored, BBC reported.
A bad new strain of influenza is among the top disease threats that experts are watching for, even as the world attempts to bring to an end the current coronavirus pandemic.
This flu, the reports say that it could mutate further and spread easily from person to person, hence instituting a global outbreak.
The virus, which the researchers call G4 EA H1N1, So far, it hasn’t posed a big threat.
According to the BBC report, Prof Kin-Chow Chang who has been studying it, says it can grow and multiply in the cells that line the human airways and it is one to keep an eye on.
“Right now we are distracted with coronavirus and rightly so. But we must not lose sight of potentially dangerous new viruses.” Prof Kin-Chow Chang, who works at Nottingham University in the UK, told the BBC.
Other potential viruses
Globally, from January 2003 to 18 June 2020, there were 861 cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H5N1) virus reported from 17 countries.
Of these 861 cases, 455 were fatal (CFR of 53%). The last case was reported from Nepal on 30 April 2019.
Between 12 June and 18 June 2020, no new cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus were reported to WHO in the Western Pacific Region. As of 18 June 2020, a total of 1,568 laboratory-confirmed human infections with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus have been reported to WHO since early 2013.