New influenza strain identified in pigs has 'essential hallmarks' of a pandemic virus
Researchers in China say they have identified a new influenza strain in pigs that could be the next “potential pandemic.”
The research, first published in the scientific journal PNAS on Monday, details how the new influenza strain is already infecting swine workers.
Pigs are often intermediate hosts or “mixing vessels” for viruses with pandemic potential to develop in. With that risk in mind, researchers in China surveilled pigs from 2011 to 2018 to study influenza viruses and be able to warn the public about any upcoming pandemic sources.
Full story by Alexandra Mae Jones available on CTV News