Gene swapping between pandemic H1N1 and other swine flu viruses creates new hybrid

Researchers from Hong Kong have identified a new swine flu virus that resulted from the exchange of genes between the pandemic H1N1 virus and resident flu viruses in pigs. The new virus was found when slaughter-bound pigs were sampled, and no human or animal illnesses from this virus have been reported. They have suggested that, with the discovery of the new virus, surveillance of the pig populations should be strengthened.

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