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H1N1 flu undergoing genetic changes in swine
Although the pandemic H1N1 "swine" flu that emerged last spring has stayed genetically stable in humans, researchers in
The fear is that these genetic changes, or reassortments, could produce a more virulent bug.
"The particular reassortment we found is not itself likely to be of major human health risk, (but) it is an indication of what may be occurring on a wider scale, undetected," said Malik Peiris, an influenza expert and co-author of a paper published in the June 18 issue of Science. "Other reassortments may occur, some of which pose greater risks."
The findings underscore the importance of monitoring how the influenza virus behaves in pigs, said Peiris, who is chair and professor of microbiology at the
"Obviously, there's a lot of evolution going on and whenever you see some unstable situation, there's the potential for something new to emerge that could be dangerous," added Dr. John Treanor, professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.
Source and Full Story: USA Today