Swine flu virus ‘not an immediate threat’

  • Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health (File photograph by Akil Simmons)


A strain of the H1N1 virus capable of infecting humans does not pose an immediate threat to Bermuda, the Ministry of Health said yesterday.

The Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences published a scientific study on Monday that showed a strain of the virus, known as G4 EA H1N1, can replicate itself in human airways.

The study was based on the surveillance of pigs in ten Chinese provinces from 2011 to 2018.

The strain has been common on pig farms in China since 2016.

The Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the Ministry of Health said that it will closely monitor the situation and provide any updates to the public when deemed appropriate.

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Published Jul 2, 2020 at 2:31 pm (Updated Jul 2, 2020 at 2:31 pm)

Swine flu virus ‘not an immediate threat’

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