Viral Encore: Another Swine Flu Strain In China Reportedly Threatens To Become A Pandemic

David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief June 30, 2020 10:23 AM ET

As the world continues to fight the coronavirus, scientists have identified a new flu strain that could create another pandemic — and it comes from China.

The virus is the latest development of the swine flu, which last hit the U.S. in 2009. The new virus has been named G4 EA H1N1, is currently carried and passed by pigs, and can also infect humans, the BBC reported Tuesday. However, it is believed the virus cannot currently be passed from human to human.

If the strain successfully mutates into a virus that can be passed by humans to other humans, the likelihood of a pandemic that can reach global proportions is significantly increased.

Researchers recommend in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that all those working with pigs should be closely monitored to check the potential spread of the new virus. (RELATED: Trump Snaps Over Obama Criticism, Says Swine Flu Response Was A ‘Disaster’)

While the new strain of swine flu poses no immediate threat, the rapid spread of coronavirus has illustrated how quickly an isolated viral outbreak can become a world crisis.

It is unknown if people would possess any immunity to a new flu strain, the BBC notes, adding that although existing flu vaccines are seemingly powerless to stop it, scientists may be able to adapt them to the new disease.

“Right now we are distracted with coronavirus and rightly so. But we must not lose sight of potentially dangerous new viruses,” Prof Kin-Chow Chang of the United Kingdom’s Nottingham University told the BBC. “We should not ignore it.”

China reportedly ignored the ongoing coronavirus outbreak initially and suppressed people trying to sound the alarm. A recent study indicated that the disease may have struck the country in late summer or early fall 2019 — months before the Chinese Communist Party’s admission of a problem.

China did not formally identify the COVID-19 virus to the World Health Organization (WHO) until Dec. 31, 2019, while U.S. intelligence said China grossly under-reported the amount of deaths incurred by the disease early in the crisis.

The South China Morning Post found evidence of a COVID-19 case as early as Nov. 17, 2019.

China’s record for transparency on the beginnings and spread of the virus has been severely criticized. Authorities gagged doctors, whistleblowers and journalists who attempted to break the news about the sickness. (RELATED: Peter Navarro Says China Used ‘The Four Kills’ To Attack America Through The Coronavirus Pandemic)

If China had acted swiftly to contain the disease, it may have reduced the global transmission of the virus by as much as 95%, one study concluded.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has recently surged, with many Americans once again fearing infection as the number of cases rapidly rises in several states.

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Ralph Knapp
July 1, 2020 6:09 am

So, the viruses keep on coming over from China, eh? Makes one wonder if this is a deliberate action on their part.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Ralph Knapp
July 1, 2020 6:21 am

No they are just pigs.

Greg
Reply to  Ralph Knapp
July 1, 2020 2:20 pm

the rapid spread of coronavirus has illustrated how quickly an isolated viral outbreak can become a world crisis.

Why is no one talking about the obvious danger of “gain of function” bio research. We are engineering viruses which would not normally affect humans to have that capacity and doing so DELIBERATELY.

The pro- argument is that this MAY help us anticipate when nature does this itself and lets up prepare treatments. The reality has just been pointed out in striking clarity that the risk FAR out weights the potential gain.

We need international treaties banning this unnecessary, sorcerer’s apprentice experiment.s

2hotel9
Reply to  Greg
July 1, 2020 3:04 pm

You are a voice crying in the wilderness that the leftards will now come crashing down on. Would have been better to simply say nothing, now they know who you are. And yes, they go after the least of us. That is what makes them feel powerful.

OldFool
Reply to  Ralph Knapp
July 1, 2020 5:10 pm

The 2019 Military World Games, officially known as the 7th CISM Military World Games and commonly known as Wuhan 2019, was held from October 18–27, 2019 in Wuhan. There were 10,000 athletes there, from 100 countries.
Note the date and location. Perhaps that is how COVID-19 first was transported outside China.

As for the new one, unless western governments bite the bullet and close their borders to China (and to other countries if the virus starts to spread) a re-run of the COVID-19 spread will be inevitable.
In fact, they need to do that now as a preventive measure, but I bet they will not. Depressing ‘eh ?

PB
Reply to  OldFool
July 1, 2020 7:20 pm

Or into China?

Alex
Reply to  OldFool
July 1, 2020 11:02 pm

That is how the virus came INTO China.
The virus originates in Europe or USA.
In Barcelona, they found the virus in frozen sew water from March 2019.
There were many strange pneumonia cases in Spain, France and Italy last autumn…
Apparently, the Chinese were the first to understand it is the new virus.

MarkW
Reply to  OldFool
July 2, 2020 2:05 pm

It really is odd how so many people eagerly buy into Chinese propaganda.
The fact that the original source animal for the virus is found in the Chinese wet markets just doesn’t matter.

2hotel9
Reply to  MarkW
July 2, 2020 2:14 pm

It is really odd you refuse to accept reality, these flu strains are developed in labs that then sell their test animals in open markets along the streets OUTSIDE the labs. Why is that, skippy?

Reply to  Ralph Knapp
July 2, 2020 4:24 am

WHO is already pandemic-staging G4 EAH1N1 Influenza. NWO OWG. Boogaloo Baby.

2hotel9
July 1, 2020 6:14 am

Time to block travel from China, they keep incubating and releasing diseases on the rest of the world, wall them in.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  2hotel9
July 1, 2020 6:37 am

Time to block all economic trading with China.
Let them eat bats and pigs.

2hotel9
Reply to  Tom in Florida
July 1, 2020 6:42 am

It was very stupid for the whole world to become dependent on a country that hates everyone who is not them.

Lee L
Reply to  Tom in Florida
July 1, 2020 1:56 pm

Those of you that keep saying things like
“Time to block all economic trading with China” have obviously not purchased any good of late.

Now I have a Black and Decker drill in my basement which says on it
‘Made in USA’. How old is it would you guess?
Is my laptop with Intel’s chipset inside able to be bought from someplace other than China? Not if you block trade with China.

The brutal truth, which Xi knows well, is that the West no longer makes a very large proportion of the stuff it runs on. Now you can work TOWARD blocking trade with China, but you can’t actually do it for decades to come and I don’t know what that means for our children’s future.

ex-KaliforniaKook
Reply to  Lee L
July 2, 2020 12:00 pm

You are too correct, unfortunately.

Tariffs can help break that hold, but it will take time.

Scissor
Reply to  2hotel9
July 1, 2020 6:45 am

No, no. Have we not learned anything?

We need to offer up our nursing homes to provide for extra capacity that China needs to fight this disease. After all, this will be safe because there is no evidence of human to human transmission and our comrades in China need us.

2hotel9
Reply to  Scissor
July 1, 2020 7:30 am

Comrade Andrew The Insane is already on the phone making that very offer! Little Tommie Wolf will dutifully follow along.

sendergreen
Reply to  2hotel9
July 1, 2020 12:09 pm

All you would do is delay the transmission. Beneficial to get time to prepare a vaccine? But, even in 1918 there virtually the only continent to continent travel was by ship, there was only one small island in the entire world that the Spanish Flu didn’t get to.

2hotel9
Reply to  sendergreen
July 1, 2020 3:12 pm

Ah, no. Wall. Them. In. They want to be the only “human” culture on Earth, them make sure they are totally blocked off. Pretty sure Japan, both Koreas and India would be onboard, Putin is a duplicitous c**ksucker, that said he hates Chinese more than he hates Trump, so he will be on the trolley, Jack. Every plane that tries to leave? Shoot it down. Every boat or ship? Torpedo it. Every walker? Head shot, then burn the body. They are our enemy, long past time to treat them as such.

ozspeaksup
July 1, 2020 6:14 am

ok this is the email I sent to a friend whos a vet..I cant print his reply without savage edits;-)))
the red bits of course wont show here but you can work it out;-)
———————–
ok does the utter stupidity of the below in red irk you?
swine workers infected already Tick
4.4%general pop exposed Tick
No???evidence of human to human???
wtf??

because I dont reckon 4.4 %pop all work in the pig industry even in bloody china!!!!

so it HAS to have passed human to human to get those numbers

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/technology/science/fears-as-new-flu-virus-with-pandemic-potential-emerges-in-china/news-story/a71050eb389d75030f01d911712802a9

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

According to blood tests which showed up antibodies created by exposure to the virus, 10.4 per cent of swine workers had already been infected.

The tests showed that as many as 4.4 per cent of the general population also appeared to have been exposed.

The virus has therefore already passed from animals to humans but there is no evidence yet that it can be passed from human to human — the scientists’ main worry.

“It is of concern that human infection of G4 virus will further human adaptation and increase the risk of a human pandemic,” the researchers wrote.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  ozspeaksup
July 1, 2020 6:32 am

Ah yes G4 something H1N1…easily transmitted to humans, lays in the respitory tracks and mutates easily… thanks China!

Sara
Reply to  Patrick MJD
July 1, 2020 9:26 am

Ir is G4 EA H1N1. This will tell you more than online rumor and gossip.

A new swine flu virus is in the G4 lot, which should not jump to humans, but has already been found in two human workers in China so far. It is G4 EA H1N1. Chinese government is looking into whether or not this will mutate into another pandemic before long.

https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-06-swine-flu-strain-china-poses.html

From the article: The work by the researchers is part of an ongoing initiative in China—medical workers have been regularly testing domestic swine for viruses in the hope of catching a virus jumping to humans before it runs rampant. In their paper, the researchers focus on testing that occurred between the years 2011 to 2018—a period during which 179 swine flu strains were found, though the bulk of them were G4. They also found that the infection rate in swine has been rising dramatically since 2016, and G4 is now the most common strain found in Chinese pigs.

The researchers also found that the G4 strain included DNA from 2009’s H1N1 strain, which was behind the pandemic that year. And they found that G4 has jumped to humans—two people with active infections were diagnosed and 10 percent of those known to be exposed to infected pigs had G4 antibodies. The fear is that the G4 strain will continue to evolve to the point that it becomes able to jump from person to person, triggering an outbreak and a possible pandemic. – article

It’s NOT the same old swine flu strain, which we’ve tangled with in the past, nor does it “easily” transmit to humans. Let’s just stop exaggerating things, OK?????

MarkW
Reply to  Sara
July 1, 2020 9:53 am

They said that there is no human-to-human spread. Not that it can’t infect humans.

sendergreen
Reply to  MarkW
July 1, 2020 12:10 pm

Who said … ? The Chinese said there was no person to person transmission of covid when they darned well knew there was.

2hotel9
Reply to  MarkW
July 1, 2020 3:05 pm

So, full blown human to human. Got it.

Reply to  Sara
July 1, 2020 2:05 pm

Sara
“Chinese government is looking into whether or not this will mutate into another pandemic before long.”

Now, perhaps – “Chinese government is looking into whether or not this can be mutated or engineered into another pandemic before long.”

“By their actions shall ye judge them” – well, suspect them, anyway!

Auto

Sara
Reply to  auto
July 1, 2020 6:19 pm

No argument from me, all of you, but I was only relaying what info I had found. Whether or not this piggy bug jumps the fence and infests Hoomans, well — we’ll just have to wait and see on it.

However, should this swine flu bug “mutate” into something that infests Hoomans, it may be easier to create a vaccine for it quickly than what we have so far with CV19.

ozspeaksup
July 1, 2020 6:24 am

ok does the utter stupidity of the below in red irk you?
swine workers infected already Tick
4.4%general pop exposed Tick
No???evidence of human to human???
wtf??

because I dont reckon 4.4 %pop all work in the pig industry even in bloody china!!!!

so it HAS to have passed human to human to get those numbers
https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/technology/science/fears-as-new-flu-virus-with-pandemic-potential-emerges-in-china/news-story/a71050eb389d75030f01d911712802a9

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

According to blood tests which showed up antibodies created by exposure to the virus, 10.4 per cent of swine workers had already been infected.

The tests showed that as many as 4.4 per cent of the general population also appeared to have been exposed.

The virus has therefore already passed from animals to humans but there is no evidence yet that it can be passed from human to human — the scientists’ main worry.

“It is of concern that human infection of G4 virus will further human adaptation and increase the risk of a human pandemic,” the researchers wrote.

reposted in case i goofed re first time
MODS: remove if its duplicated please

commieBob
July 1, 2020 6:25 am

If the strain successfully mutates into a virus that can be passed by humans to other humans, the likelihood of a pandemic that can reach global proportions is significantly increased.

We’re always one mutation away from a total disaster. When you think about how many viruses there are, it’s clear that disastrous mutations are rare.

My hope is that we can use inexpensive technology, and widespread testing to identify mutations and stop them before they can spread.

commieBob
Reply to  commieBob
July 1, 2020 7:50 am

Sewer science is one possible answer.

rbabcock
Reply to  commieBob
July 1, 2020 8:33 am

People that die from the flu don’t matter. According to the article 650,000 people die annually and not a peep. If don’t have the CV when you check out, it just doesn’t count. https://www.globalresearch.ca/flu-bigger-concern-wuhan-virus-grabs-headlines/5701932

Patrick MJD
July 1, 2020 6:29 am

What I read this has been known about since 2016 with pig farmers. China, the pigs that keep giving!

F1nn
Reply to  Patrick MJD
July 4, 2020 6:25 am

So we are living “Animal Farm” in “1984”. Orwell knew it all.

Tom in Florida
July 1, 2020 6:36 am

Looks like it is time to quit the human losers and join the winners.
Viruses Rule!

MarkW
July 1, 2020 6:57 am

9 out of the last 10 potential pandemics failed to become pandemics.
I’ll wait awhile before deciding if I’ll start panicking over this one.

Editor
July 1, 2020 7:03 am

Waaaaa! Bacon prices are gonna soar!! Waaaaaaa!

Stay safe and healthy. all…..especially you oinkers.
Bob

2hotel9
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
July 1, 2020 7:35 am

Good thing we buy our pork from local meat cutters, their prices have remained stable and supply unaffected by all this stupidity.

TRM
July 1, 2020 7:28 am

If you think the pig based virus are bad wait until the chickens get involved.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs8oJtSKpt8

CAFOs create great conditions for virus mutations and China has them on a scale that is almost unbelievable.

TRM
July 1, 2020 7:35 am

Sorry, wrong link (darned youtube)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oLKmFLG5a0

That is the one with the full talk by Dr Gregor and CAFOs. It was from 2008 and the CAFOs in China have only gotten bigger.

Joel Snider
July 1, 2020 7:45 am

I think we can expect a lot of pandemics from here on out – we’ve shown we’ll prostate ourselves in fear.

Why WOULDN’T there be?

Climate believer
Reply to  Joel Snider
July 1, 2020 8:36 am

Exactly +1

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Joel Snider
July 1, 2020 9:04 am

We should never prostate ourselves. Only a doctor should do that.

J Mac
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
July 1, 2020 10:07 am

Bruce,
Got a laugh outta my doctor, when he suggested a check of my prostate. I replied “That sounds like the intro to the original Star Trek series, Doc. “To boldly go, where no man has gone before!“”

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
July 1, 2020 10:40 am

Oooh, that’s gonna leave a mark.

Joel Snider
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
July 1, 2020 11:14 am

‘prostrate’

That’s what I get for typing, pissed-off, before coffee.

Joel Snider
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
July 1, 2020 11:19 am

Although, now that I think about it, considering what’s being done to us, either word works.

Sara
Reply to  Joel Snider
July 1, 2020 6:22 pm

Yes, but it’s funny and right now we need a bit of humor, dontcha think?

Joel Snider
Reply to  Sara
July 2, 2020 7:45 am

I do. Thanks, Sara.

damp
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
July 1, 2020 11:42 am

Bruce Cobb wins the internets today.

2hotel9
Reply to  Bruce Cobb
July 1, 2020 2:56 pm

I don’t know, if you are “that” flexible go for it, just keep it to yourself!

Reply to  Joel Snider
July 2, 2020 4:27 am

Plandemic phase n+1. NWO OWG Boogaloo Baby.

Latitude
July 1, 2020 7:52 am

Authorities gagged doctors, whistleblowers and journalists

no, they made them disappear off the face of the earth

…and then created every kind of distraction known to man…to divide us…turn us against each other
and cover up that fact

Petit_Barde
July 1, 2020 8:19 am

Pigs as pink as floyds ?

icisil
July 1, 2020 8:24 am

How do they know it could cause a pandemic? Oh that’s right, they just make shit up and gullible people believe it.

Grant
July 1, 2020 8:55 am

One problem is that Chinese prefer their meat freshly slaughtered, preferably by a local butcher. So these animals are transported all over the country and are exposed to many more humans. Last year herds were decimated by the scarlet swine flu. So farmers that recognized the beginning of an epidemic would quickly sell their pigs before they showed signs of infection.

Reply to  Grant
July 1, 2020 10:51 am

That process also impairs the sampling of the herds, generally done in the meat packaging process.

bluecat57
July 1, 2020 9:33 am

Really? Now every illness is a “pandemic” when it us found in more than one country. Panic Porn

Derg
July 1, 2020 10:08 am

Do we need to isolate China from the rest of the world?

Hong Kong surely would like that 🤔

ResourceGuy
July 1, 2020 10:35 am

You’ll find out when it’s too late and be told what to do by a model while its operator is out doing the opposite.

klem
July 1, 2020 11:08 am

so let me guess, it will mutate over the summer and arrive here causing another lockdown, which will keep Biden safely ensconced in his basement and unable to debate, will keep Trump from having his famous rallies aand will keep 40 million unemployed. And it will all be Trump’s fault because climate, and he’s a Russian operative. Did i forget anything?

Joel Snider
Reply to  klem
July 1, 2020 12:22 pm

The hell of it is, that it’s so damned obvious what they’re doing – to not see it you have to be a hater, a moron, or in on it.

gringojay
July 1, 2020 12:13 pm

Fortuitously I washed my cotton cloth bandana last night & so am 100% ready to mask my face once more.

ResourceGuy
July 1, 2020 12:23 pm

How about a permanent travel advisory to a land that exports almost all human virus strains after ramping up with adequate local mutations. Where is the permanent WHO monitoring network in a public health war zone?

I mean really what’s wrong with this public health system with virus outbreaks coming from the same food chain system in the same country year after year at our expense and carried special delivery by airlines?

Mike Dubrasich
July 1, 2020 1:31 pm

Don’t worry. The Gain Of Function labs are already working on a synthetic mutation that will ensure human-to-human spread. And you paid for it! Thank you Dr. Mengele Fauci and the rest of the Deep State and CCP virologists at NIH and Wuhan.

whiten
July 1, 2020 2:21 pm

Look there a mice…
“Do not even ever flirt with the idea of looking at our crimes against humanity still skyrocketing…. or else!”

The very epitome of the higher grade purge pleaded and asked for by and as always by the very ever crazy monkeys gangsta attempting to dictate and enslave this world of ours.

Oh, well, this is too much… please move along towards the “slaughterhouse”, please.

cheers

Robert of Texas
July 1, 2020 4:21 pm

A new version of swine flu would likely not kill as many people in the coming winter as expected – this is because many of those vulnerable to flu have been killed or will be killed in the next 6 months by SARS-CoVid-2.

Isn’t a global economy just peachy?

jorgekafkazar
Reply to  Robert of Texas
July 1, 2020 9:47 pm

The WuWHOflu is the reductio ad absurdum of globalism.

littlepeaks
July 1, 2020 7:06 pm

I wonder what strains of the flu the upcoming flu vaccinations will be engineered for.
I take a high-potency flu shot every year. I’m 73, and wonder how many of the colds and coughs I’ve had were actually the flu. I don’t get a fever and I don’t get body aches, but I’ve coughed my lungs out a time or two.

asiaseen
July 1, 2020 9:22 pm

” U.S. intelligence said China grossly under-reported the amount of deaths incurred by the disease early in the crisis.”
Deaths incurred by the disease?

Richard Mann
July 1, 2020 10:53 pm

Does anyone know the H1N1 flu numbers in USA this year.
I heard reports that the numbers were very high this year.
The usual thing is no one said anything, meanwhile Covid numbers are reported.

Also, is H1N1 (swine flu), outbreak 2009 and now in 2019, is this the same strain as Spanish flu?

So man questions. So few (honest) answers from our governments.

July 2, 2020 12:32 pm

Meanwhile, Germany is preparing to mass produce “cultured meat,” and gates is preparing to mass produce vaccines.

wadelightly
July 5, 2020 7:13 pm

I wonder if the CDC and WHO will catch this one or blow it like they did with COVID.

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