Fauci Says Swine Flu From China Could Cause Another Pandemic

Researchers believe the strain could mutate allowing to spread easily between humans. Source Getty file image

Speaking in a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Tuesday, Fauci noted that there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the virus yet, but the virus is exhibiting "reassortment capabilities". Their investigations revealed that exposure to seasonal flu doesn't give humans immunity to the G4 virus, meaning prevention is key as the severity of illness suffered by those who caught it would depend on their ability to launch an effective immune response, something that has been problematic for patients infected with the novel coronavirus Covid-19.

The expert explained that when all the factors are combined, along with some of the elements that could make it susceptible to being transmitted to humans, the possibility of a new pandemic similar to the 2009 swine flu, would be high. "But every indication is that the G4 virus would have to undergo some evolutionary change to spread readily in people, and it may never do that".

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On June 30, 2020, several news outlets, including BBC News, reported on a new variant of the H1N1 swine flu that "has the potential to become a pandemic".

While scientists say it doesn't now pose an immediate threat, "we should not ignore it".

The scientists have reportedly found that 10.4 percent of the swine workers have already been exposed to the virus and the 4.4 percent of the general population has been exposed.

World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman Christian Lindmeier said that the WHO will read the study carefully, and that it was important to collaborate on findings and keep tabs on animal populations.

But, the Chinese government is taking swift measures to try and reduce the spread of the new influenza virus.

It added that a meeting with Philippine Inter-Agency Committee on Zoonoses will be held this week to come up with a framework in managing emerging diseases that affect animals and humans.

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