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Let's hope not.   :ahhhhhhhh:madash     Per scientists, a new flue strain out of China could develop into a pandemic.

 

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/30/new-strain-of-flu-in-china-has-pandemic-potential-scientists-warns.html

 

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Scientists have identified a new strain of flu carried by pigs in China that they say has the potential to become a pandemic.

The new strain is descended from the type of flu — known as “swine flu” — that emerged in 2009 causing the first global flu pandemic in 40 years.

 

The scientists published their peer-reviewed findings in U.S. science journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday. They said the new strain of flu, which they called “G4 EA H1N1,” is a variation of swine flu, and includes the “G4″ genotype that has become predominant in swine populations since 2016.

As with swine flu, the new strain has been identified as having “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus.”

The scientists, who studied flu viruses in pig populations between 2011 and 2018, noted that around 10% of swine industry workers they tested in China had already been exposed to the virus, which they described as “of concern.” That rate increased among younger workers, aged 18-35, “indicating that the predominant G4 EA H1N1 virus has acquired increased human infectivity.”

“Such infectivity greatly enhances the opportunity for virus adaptation in humans and raises concerns for the possible generation of pandemic viruses,” the scientists, who work at several Chinese universities and the country’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, noted. 

They recommended close monitoring of swine populations — and anyone working with them.

 

“Controlling the prevailing G4 EA H1N1 viruses in pigs and close monitoring in human populations, especially the workers in swine industry, should be urgently implemented,” they wrote.

“Pigs are intermediate hosts for the generation of pandemic influenza virus. Thus, systematic surveillance of influenza viruses in pigs is a key measure for prewarning the emergence of the next pandemic influenza.”

While “swine flu,” that first emerged in Mexico in 2009, is seen now as one of a variety of seasonal flu viruses and is included in annual flu vaccines, the scientists said that any preexisting population immunity “does not provide protection against G4 viruses.”

They were keen to stress that the virus is not an immediate problem, however.

Professor Kin-Chow Chang, one of scientists involved in the study and who works at Nottingham University in the U.K., told the BBC that “while this new virus is not an immediate problem ... We should not ignore it.”

“Right now we are distracted with coronavirus and rightly so. But we must not lose sight of potentially dangerous new viruses.”

Current flu vaccines do not appear to protect against it, although they could possibly be adapted if needed, the BBC reported. To conduct their research, scientists carried out flu surveillance in pigs in 10 Chinese provinces between January 2011 and April 2018, and collected almost 30,000 nasal swabs taken from slaughtered pigs from abattoirs, as well as over 1,000 nasal swabs or lung tissue from farmed pigs with signs of respiratory disease.

 

 

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1 hour ago, BigRedBuster said:

Let’s hope not. 
 

this has got to stop. 

Maybe we should place a big Truman Show bubble over the country of China.  Tell them they can come out and play wt the rest of the world when they get their virus protection   under control. 

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17 minutes ago, TGHusker said:

Maybe we should place a big Truman Show bubble over the country of China.  Tell them they can come out and play wt the rest of the world when they get their virus protection   under control. 

The last swine flu originated in Mexico.

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1 minute ago, RedDenver said:

The last swine flu originated in Mexico.

yes I know - I'm just thinking of the current pandemic and this next one that may be coming

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Just now, Decked said:

China is a plague on humanity 

  I don't agree with that statement.     The people there are people like the rest of us.  There may be bad, practices, bad  policies and bad leadership but we see that here also. 

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Two cases of G4 infections of humans have been documented and both were dead-end infections that did not transmit to other people. “The likelihood that this particular variant is going to cause a pandemic is low,” says Martha Nelson, an evolutionary biologist at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center who studies pig influenza viruses in the United States and their spread to humans. But Nelson notes that no one knew about the pandemic H1N1 strain, which jumped from pigs to people, until the first human cases surfaced in 2009. “Influenza can surprise us,” Nelson says. “And there’s a risk that we neglect influenza and other threats at this time” [because] of COVID-19

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12 minutes ago, Decked said:

China is a plague on humanity 

 

 

-  Sent from my iPhone

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I have to hope that with some MUCH better prep, that this one will not be like -19.

 

Although, it is weird that this is posted in Politics...Hmmmm

 

Do we not have a medical forum?  I would LOVE to see some of the f#&%ing advice some of us give!  HAHAHA

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1 hour ago, knapplc said:

 

 

-  Sent from my iPhone

Correct. But I’m also the same person that would pay more for a phone made anywhere else & would use it till drops. I don’t have this phone by choice. 
 

I did laugh at that one though 

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1 hour ago, TGHusker said:

  I don't agree with that statement.     The people there are people like the rest of us.  There may be bad, practices, bad  policies and bad leadership but we see that here also. 

I do not fault the average Chinese citizen just trying to live life. Certainly they need to change practices such as the wet market, food production practices, and human rights violations, etc (comes from above). however, if the rest of the world rounded up the Chinese government and dropped them into a volcano the world would be better off. Could have elaborated but lazy. 

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34 minutes ago, Decked said:

I do not fault the average Chinese citizen just trying to live life. Certainly they need to change practices such as the wet market, food production practices, and human rights violations, etc (comes from above). however, if the rest of the world rounded up the Chinese government and dropped them into a volcano the world would be better off. Could have elaborated but lazy. 

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6 hours ago, Decked said:

I do not fault the average Chinese citizen just trying to live life. Certainly they need to change practices such as the wet market, food production practices

Imagine if the shoe was on the other foot, and Americans eating beef, pork, and poultry were causing pandemics. Would Americans stop eating meat?

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