Russia warned of the danger of a new strain of swine flu for people

Russian scientists warned about the danger of the new strain of swine flu virus, which was discovered in China. This strain has a high potential for the development of a new pandemic, said a leading expert of the Center for molecular diagnostics CMD TSNII of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor Mikhail Lebedev. According to him, the press service of Rospotrebnadzor in order to prevent the emergence of a new virus, it is necessary to track its circulation.

the H1N1 Strain G4 EA has a high potential for pandemic spread among people, said Lebedev. To prevent a pandemic, it is necessary to monitor the circulating strain among animals and to examine the employees of the pig farms.

Lebedev said: the studies conducted on cultures of human cells and in ferrets demonstrated transmission by droplets and the penetration into the lung cells of people. The virus is highly contagious and can cause more severe symptoms than other flu viruses. People who had no contact with pigs, antibodies to the new virus is not found. Although laboratory conditions have not yet been observed transmission of the virus from person to person, he added.

earlier, the Chinese scientists published a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which announced that it has discovered a new strain of swine flu that is transmitted from animals to humans and potentially cause a new pandemic. Reassortant strain, dubbed H1N1 G4 EA, including carries the genes of H1N1/09 that caused the influenza pandemic in 2009. Evidence on whether this strain of influenza virus transmitted from person to person, yet.

Chinese Authorities also said that it will take all necessary measures to prevent the spread of any virus amid reports about the discovery of a new strain of flu that could potentially cause a new pandemic.

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