A new flu strain, with the potential to cause another human pandemic, has been discovered in China. The flu, which is carried by pigs, could infect humans, according to scientists. While this new discovery doesn’t pose an immediate threat, it does need careful monitoring since it carries “all the hallmarks” of being able to adapt to infect humans. Because the strain is new, there is the possibility that humans will have little or no immunity to it. As the scientific medical community races to find a vaccine to the current coronavirus pandemic, researchers are further concerned this new strain of swine flu could trigger a global outbreak. Measures need to be taken to carefully monitor the virus in pigs, as well as swine industry workers.
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