As the world continues to grapple with the emerging coronavirus, fearing a second wave of the epidemic that has killed more than half a million people, it has been shocked by other news from China that another disease is emerging.
Chinese scientists announced the emergence of a new virus called G4 EA H1N1, describing the disease as a new strain of flu transmitted from swine to humans.
WHO spokesman said the emergence of the virus detected in pigs at China slaughterhouses, showed that the world must remain vigilant to new diseases even as it continues to face the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic.
While researchers say there is no imminent threat, Chinese biologists warned, that it “must be applied an immediate close monitoring to individuals, who are working in the pork industry.”
“We will read the paper carefully to understand what is new,” Christian Lindemeyer, a WHO official, told a press conference in Geneva, adding that “it is important to cooperate on the outcome and continue to monitor animal numbers.”
The new virus is one mixture of 3 strains: one is identical to that found in European and Asian birds, H1N1 that caused its strain in 2009 is a pandemic, and the second H1N1 was in North America, and its lineage contains genes ofavian, human, and swine flu viruses.
“So the new G4 variant is very worrying. Especially, because its nucleus is a virus that humans do not yet have immunity to, i.e. bird flu with mixed mammal strains. “The spotlight on the new “G4″Chinese professor, named Qin Zhu Shang announced.
Another scientific team, led by scientist Liu Jinhua,,” analyzed 30,000 “biopsies” that were fled from the noses of pigs in the slaughterhouses of 10 Chinese provinces, in addition to 1,000 other pigs with respiratory symptoms, and it was clear that it contains 179 swine flu viruses, most of them are G4 or one of the five other G strains of the “Eurasian” bird.
However, Martha Nelson, a biologist at the Fogarty World Center in the United States, stressed that the possibility of a new virus spreading as a pandemic is low, but we must be vigilant.
Meanwhile, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Legian indicated at a press conference on Tuesday that the government is “closely following developments in this matter.” “We will take all necessary measures to prevent the spread of any virus,” he added.