A Chinese scientist has found a new strain of flu with the potential to become a pandemic, said BBC.
Researchers said this has just emerged recently and is carried by pigs, and can infect humans.
They are concerned that it could mutate further.
And has the potential to spread easily from person to person, and trigger a global outbreak, said the report.
The current pandemic caused by the coronavirus is a flu strain that originated from the Chinese city of Wuhan.
Researchers noted that this virus has “all the hallmarks” of being highly adapted to infect humans and needs close monitoring.
Moreover, the virus is new and people could have little or no immunity to the virus.
The scientists recommended that there should be measures to control the virus in pigs.
At the same time, swine industry workers must be closely monitored too.
Chinese scientists added this should be swiftly implemented.
They wrote this the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The Last Swine Flu
The swine flu outbreak of 2009, was less deadly than initially feared, said the report.
This is “largely because many older people had some immunity to it.”
BBC said this probably because of its similarity to other flu viruses that had circulated years before.
The 2009 swine flu pandemic was influenza that lasted for about 19 months,
It started in January 2009 and lasted until August 2010.
Cause For Alarm?
Scientists said like the current coronavirus, the flu strain they call G4 EA H1N1, have another thing in common.
Besides being classified as flu, both have no vaccine for them.
Prof Kin-Chow Chang, who works at Nottingham University in the UK, told the BBC:
“Right now we are distracted with coronavirus and rightly so. But we must not lose sight of potentially dangerous new viruses.”
Though he said this new virus is not an immediate problem.
He said: “We should not ignore it.”