As if the ongoing coronavirus pandemic isn’t enough to worry about, scientists in China have discovered a new strain of swine flu that could potentially infect humans and lead to a worldwide outbreak. Writing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of researchers advised swift action to control the virus in pigs and monitor swine industry workers for signs of illness. 

The researchers also said that while the new swine flu is not a pressing issue, a close eye should be kept on the virus, which they’ve named G4 EA H1N1. 

The new swine flu was addressed on June 30 by Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. During a Senate hearing, Dr. Fauci said the new flu strain was "not an immediate threat" but something US health officials are paying attention to. The new virus is showing "reassortment capabilities," Dr. Fauci explained, which means it can mutate or exchange genes with other virus strains.

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