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In Brazil, a new strain of “swine flu” with “high pandemic potential “was discovered

In Brazil, a new strain of “swine flu” with “high pandemic potential “was discovered

Brazilian scientists have discovered a previously unknown mutation of the swine flu virus, which has high pandemic potential. This was reported in an interview with the Globo newspaper by the head of the laboratory of respiratory viruses and measles Fiocruz (Osvaldo Cruz research Association under the Ministry of health) Miranda Siqueira.

“Since 2005, 25 different variants of influenza a/H1N2 virus have been detected. But the one that we found in the city of Ibipora (Parana state in the South of the country) is different from the one that was discovered earlier” the newspaper quoted her as saying in an interview published on Monday. As the researcher specifies, this virus has genetic differences from other pathogens of “swine flu”, has a high level of contagion. “I would say that it has the same potential to cause a pandemic (as a coronavirus)”,- believes Siqueira.

However, as the scientist notes, at the moment we know about one case of infection — it is a 22-year-old employee of one of the local meat processing enterprises. According to the newspaper, the woman suffered from the disease in a mild form. Cases of transmission of the virus between people have not yet been registered, but with further mutations of the pathogen, the probability of their occurrence may increase, Siqueira believes. Now a group of scientists is studying about 3 thousand samples of biomaterial of residents of the region, whose tests for coronavirus and other respiratory infections showed a negative result.

At the same time, as the researcher points out, a vaccine against the new “swine flu” can be created in a short time. “This, of course, will not be an ideal drug, it will not be able to form a long-term immune system for everyone, but it will help prevent a (possible) pandemic” “ the virologist believes.

Earlier, on several farms in China, microbiologists found a new strain of swine flu. Mutations in it allow this strain to spread from one person to another.

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