China has been hit with a new virus that may be ‘pandemic potential’. The new virus has recently emerged and it carried by pigs just like swine flu. According to scientists though it is carried by pigs, human can become infected.
Just like the coronavirus, scientists are concerned that this virus may trigger a global outbreak once again.
According to a report from the BBC, researchers are concerned the flu could mutate and easily spread from person to person. Right now, it’s carried by pigs but could infect humans, according to scientists.
“We just do not know a pandemic is going to occur until the damn thing occurs,” Robert Webster, an influenza investigator, told Science Magazine. “Will this one do it? God knows.”
Martha Nelson an evolutionary biologist at the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center 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” of COVID-19.
Details still developing.