G4 swine does not infect humans easily, says China

Sunday, 05 July 2020 - 14:24

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The so-called "G4" strain of swine flu virus is not new and does not infect or sicken humans and animals easily, says China's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.

This rebuffs a study published earlier this week.

That study, by a team of Chinese scientists and published by the US journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, warned that a new swine flu virus, named G4, has become more infectious to humans and could become a potential "pandemic virus".

However, China's agriculture ministry said in a statement that the study has been interpreted by the media "in an exaggerated and nonfactual way."