(CMR) A new strain of flu that has the potential to become a pandemic has been identified in China by scientists.
The G4 virus as it has been named is said to be carried by pigs but can infect humans.
While it is not an immediate problem, the study in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) said G4 now shows “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus.”
Even more alarming is that the G4 had already appeared in people who work on pig farms in China.
In the provinces of Hebei and Shandong, more than 10% of swine workers on pig farms and 4.4% of the general population tested positive in a survey conducted from 2016 to 2018.