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New Virus Found in China, Another Pandemic Feared: Research

The world is still grappling with the coronavirus pandemic, whose source of origin is yet to be ascertained. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says identifying and understanding the origin of coronavirus pandemic is key to an effective fight against ravaging Covid-19. And, at such a moment, the discovery of a new virus in China has triggered heightened concerns among the health experts.

The new viral strand is another flu virus that has the potential to become a pandemic. This virus is carried by pigs and researchers believe it can infect humans. It can mutate and spread easily through human-to-human transmission, much like coronavirus pandemic.

According to a research paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an American journal, the new virus is similar to the Swine Flu virus detected during the 2009 outbreak. That virus had been named A/H1N1pgm09. This one has been named as G4-EA H1N1.

The virus is similar but not same and may pose the threat of being a completely new pathogen to humans. Swine Flu pandemic did not turn out to be the kind of threat that experts had initially estimated.

Later, they attributed to its similarity to existing influenza viruses. This is why the vaccination against Swine Flu is covered under the existing flu vaccines.

But in this case, the scientists have identified the new virus as among the top disease threats. People don’t have immunity for a wholly new disease. Ongoing coronavirus pandemic is a deadly proof to that.

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