China births another pandemic potential virus

It is believed that at least 1 in 10 people who work with pigs in China have contracted a newly-identified strain of swine flu. Designated genome 4, the virus is genetically descended from the H1N1 swine flu strain that caused a pandemic in 2009.

Chinese scientists say the new virus has the “essential hallmarks” of being highly adapted to infect humans, and a US infectious diseases expert has warned that the new strain is “very, very dangerous”:

It possesses “all the essential hallmarks of being highly adapted to infect humans,” said scientists at Chinese universities and China’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention…

The G4 virus was observed to be highly infectious, replicating in human cells and causing more serious symptoms in ferrets – which experience similar symptoms to humans – than other viruses.

Tests also showed that any immunity humans gain from exposure to seasonal flu does not provide protection from G4…

Already one-in-10 people who worked with pigs in China are said to have contracted G4.

Professor James Wood, who is an infectious diseases expert at the UK’s Cambridge University, said G4’s discovery highlighted the ease at which viruses can jump the species barrier…

Professor Esther Choo, an American emergency physician and US science communicator, warned in a tweet: “2020 may not be done with us yet.”

Professor Choo quoted a colleague, an infectious diseases expert, as saying: “I rarely get worried, but this one bears close watching. This flu strain is very, very dangerous”…

Carl Bergstrom, a biologist at the University of Washington, said: “There’s no evidence that G4 is circulating in humans, despite five years of extensive exposure. That’s the key context to keep in mind,” he said on Twitter…

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily news conference on Tuesday that China was closely following G4 developments.

“We will take all necessary measures to prevent the spread and outbreak of any virus,” he said.

At least the Chinese authorities are being upfront this time around and appear to be taking preventative action to prevent a possible outbreak.

Leith van Onselen
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  1. ChinajimMEMBER

    Seriously? That’s what it seemed like back in January with the current pandemic.


    • Agreed, every representation the Chinese make must be treated as false, until externally verified in some way.

    • +1million.

      Given the CCP virus escaped from a Wuhan lab, and given the CCP has lied at literally *every step* of this epidemic, there is ZERO reason to trust anything that comes from a Wolf Wanker’s mouth.

  2. SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

    what killed all their pigs last year then, ffs the chynese need to clean up their act

    • Ronin8317MEMBER

      African Swine Fever. It is far, far nastier than the flu, and if that mutate to attack human expect the population of the world to be vastly reduced. It has a 30-70% mortality rate.

  3. “2020 may not be done with us yet.”
    That’s what you get when you name it the year of the Rat.

  4. scottb1978MEMBER

    I’m sure if it gets out of control they will start changing their tune.

  5. Charles MartinMEMBER

    Where is Tedros to assure me that this is nothing to worry about and that we should be commending the CCP on how they are handling this and their absolute transparency.

  6. Goldstandard1MEMBER

    It’s already out of control (you’ll find out soon) so we are declaring it.

  7. Surely with international travel fairly heavily locked down there is much less chance this one becomes a pandemic?
    What am I missing?
    Unless of course international travel isn’t really locked down…

    • Border communities mean it could really spread out of China via land. As we’re seeingwith the Vic S.A. border nothing is ever water tight (not that that border is meant to be) but even the Vietnamese Chinese border is pretty porous, and has been when they really didn’t like each other. However if we do quarantine right we should be ok


    … What happens when Australia and New Zealand attempt to re-engage with the rest of the world ?

    Coronavirus: Was Sweden right? Study suggests ‘significantly higher’ Covid-19 immunity … Michael Daley … Stuff New Zealand

    A new study in Sweden is raising hopes immunity to Covid-19 among the public is “probably significantly higher” than has been suggested by the results of testing for antibodies of the disease. … read more via hyperlink above …


    Live Coronavirus latest news: UK travel quarantine rules ‘not worth it’, says Tory MP … UK Telegraph

    … extract …

    Air bridges shelved as holidaymakers cleared for take-off to 75 countries
    Individual air bridges will be effectively abandoned by the Government, as it emerged that as many as 75 countries will be on the first quarantine exemption list for British holidaymakers, our reporters write.

    The list, to be published on Thursday or Friday, will lift the Foreign Office ban on non-essential travel to nearly all EU destinations, the British territories including Bermuda and Gibraltar, and Turkey, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.

    All 75 have been judged sufficiently low risk destinations for holidaymakers based on the prevalence of Covid-19, that their infection rate is in decline and that their data on the state of the disease can be trusted. … read more via hyperlink above …

  10. I have said ir before ans i will say it again.. we should really look at nuking china as an option. Whatever virus will be dead.

  11. Where’s doctorX to tell us its all made up and that he eats swine flu sprinkles on his cornflakes everyday?

    Or a least he would if he had balls (but not if he had brains)

  12. So the Uni of Washington professor says G4 has been around for 5 years & there is no evidence in humans. So we have known about G4 for 5 years? Some other professor says 1 in 10 pig workers is infected? So who is correct? Have we known for 5 years & is it in humans or not in humans? Is this at all clear how long this has been going on?

    • John Howards Bowling Coach

      If the whole world stopped buying anything they produce or own they would be shut very quickly considering they are a trade dependent economy.