BBC - A new strain of flu that has the potential to become a pandemic has been identified in China by scientists.
It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say.
The researchers are concerned that it could mutate further so that it can spread easily from person to person, and trigger a global outbreak.
While it is not an immediate problem, they say, it has "all the hallmarks" of being highly adapted to infect humans and needs close monitoring.
As it's new, people could have little or no immunity to the virus.
The scientists write in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that measures to control the virus in pigs, and the close monitoring of swine industry workers, should be swiftly implemented.
The virus, which the researchers call G4 EA H1N1, can grow and multiply in the cells that line the human airways.
They found evidence of recent infection in people who worked in abattoirs and the swine industry in China when they looked at data from 2011 to 2018.
Current flu vaccines do not appear to protect against it, although they could be adapted to do so if needed.
Prof Kin-Chow Chang, who works at Nottingham University in the UK, told the BBC: "Right now we are distracted with coronavirus and rightly so. But we must not lose sight of potentially dangerous new viruses."
SHUT IT THE FUCK DOWN.
Once wasn’t enough?
Or was that just a practice run?
Get it together guys.
For a country that whips the rest of the world's ass when it comes to school testing every year, you would think they could grasp the idea that we are what we eat. And that if you eat gross things- raised inhumanely, slaughtered in shit, and not properly decontaminated, you're going to get sick. Real sick. And so will others.
Clean it up for us one time.
p.s. - Whoever the sick fuck is that's controlling the simulation we're all living in needs to shit or get off the pot. Introducing this series of plagues in a slow play is straight bitch moves. Get it over with man. Bring the four horsemen around and let's get nuts. Enough of this drawn-out bullshit.