China on Wednesday played down the threat of a new swine flu strain with pandemic potential that researchers discovered in pigs, saying the study is “not representative”.
The deadly COVID-19 pandemic, which has now infected more than 10 million people worldwide, first emerged in China and is thought to have originated in bats and jumped to humans through an unknown intermediary animal.
The new swine flu pressure present in China, in accordance with the research revealed Monday within the US science journal PNAS, had “all the essential hallmarks” to contaminate people and raised fears over one other potential pandemic.
But China’s overseas ministry moved to downplay fears on Wednesday.
“The G4 virus mentioned in the relevant report is a subtype of the H1N1 virus,” overseas ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian stated in a routine briefing.
“Experts have concluded that the sample size of the report is small and not representative.”
Zhao added that “relevant departments and experts” will proceed to step up monitoring of the illness, ship warnings and deal with it in a well timed method.
The new G4 swine flu pressure is genetically descended from the H1N1 pressure that triggered a pandemic in 2009, in accordance with the research, which was authored by scientists at Chinese universities and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
G4 was noticed to be extremely infectious, they stated, replicating in human cells and inflicting extra severe signs in ferrets than different viruses.
According to the research, 10.4 % of pig slaughterhouse staff examined had already been contaminated.
So far, there was no proof of human-to-human transmission. China didn’t elaborate additional on what number of had been contaminated by G4.
“It is of concern that human infection of G4 virus will further human adaptation and increase the risk of a human pandemic,” the researchers wrote, calling for urgent measures to monitor people working with pigs.