G4 Flu virus
- July 1, 2020
- Posted by: OptimizeIAS Team
- Category: DPN Topics
Subject: Science and tech
Researchers in China have discovered a new strain of the influenza virus which they claim has the potential to turn into a pandemic.
- The scientists identified the virus through surveillance of influenza viruses in pigs that they carried out from 2011 to 2018 in ten provinces of China.
- They found that the G4 strain has the capability of binding to human-type receptors (like, the SARS-CoV-2 virus binds to ACE2 receptors in humans), was able to copy itself in human airway epithelial cells
- While researchers have found that the virus can spread from animal to human, there is still no evidence about the passing to the G4 virus from human to human.