Chinese scientists have warned that pigs are a ‘key intermediate host’ or ‘mixing vessel’ for viruses spreading from wild animals into humans and could cause another pandemic if not taken seriously.
Experts from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have been studying outbreaks of swine flu in pig farms across the country and say the latest strain can pass to humans even though only two people are confirmed to have caught the virus, dubbed G4 EA H1N1, since the first outbreak in 2016.
The researchers who say the disease is ‘highly adapted’ to infect humans are now calling for monitoring of farms and people working on or near them as further transmission could cause the virus to ‘adapt and become a pandemic’.
The two cases of a G4-like EA H1N1 virus were of a 46-year-old and a 9-year-old.
‘Epidemiological survey found that the two patients had neighbors who reared pigs, suggesting that G4 EA virus could transmit from swine to human, and lead to severe infection and even death.’
During tests of the virus in ferrets, they found symptoms such as fever, sneezing, wheezing, and coughing was all common.
George Gao, Jinhua Liu, and colleagues isolated 179 viruses from pigs across 10 provinces in China from 2011 to 2018 to study the risks they pose to humans and found that since 2016 the majority of viruses found in farmed pigs exhibited features you’d expect from the populace during a pandemic.
According to the scientists, out of 300 samples taken from pig farmers on 15 different pig farms, only 10.4 percent had antibodies against this strain of the virus.
This means the virus poses a particularly strong chance of pandemic spread according to scientists.
‘All of this evidence indicates that G4 EA H1N1 virus is a growing problem in pig farms, and the widespread circulation of G4 viruses in pigs inevitably increases their exposure to humans,’ study authors wrote in their paper.
Salt FM Boss Donates To Agogo Hospital Minutes After Fire Consumed His Studios
Chief Executive Officer of Salt Media GH, owners and operators of Salt 95.9 FM – Agogo, Salt TV and Saltfmonline, Ohene Kwame Frimpong has made a donation to Agogo Presbyterian hospital minutes after fire consumed the station’s main broadcasting studio.
Mr Frimpong who visited the children’s ward and other wards of the hospital gave out money to some patients who were on admission.
The UK based Ghanaian business man who visited the site after the incident, left with his team moment the fire department arrived at the scene, to make this surprising charity gesture to the hospital.
Noted for his numerous charity works, Ohene Kwame Frimpong emphasized the need for Salt Media GH to maintain the value and purpose they bring to society, especially the vulnerable in whatever situation they may find themselves in.
“We are focused and even though the fire is devastating, we are thankful that no harm was caused to anyone. Nobody was injured by the fire outbreak and we are grateful to God” — Ohene Kwame Frimpong said
Fire razed Salt FM’s main broadcasting studio in Agogo Thursday afternoon.
A statement issued by the management of the station described the incident as shocking.
They also indicated that investigation into the cause of the fire has begun.
“The burning of the Salt FM studio has come as a terrible shock to the station’s management and employees. Though the incident is currently under investigation, what can be confirmed is that no life was harmed,” part of the statement read.
Former DCE, Hon. Jacob Asogonnde Congratulates Prof. Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang
I take this opportunity to congratulate Professor Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang on her unanimous nomination to partner our flagbearer, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama as his running mate for the 2020 general elections on the ticket of the great NDC.
As the founder of Better Life Organization, an NGO that has worked closely with FAWE and ABANTU since 1997 to empower women and champion the girl child education, I couldn’t be more proud to witness this historic act exhibited by H.E. John Mahama in allowing women take their rightful place and be part of the decision making process at the highest level.
During my tenure as District Chief Executive of Kadjebi from 2013 to 2017, I was a great advocate for women empowerment. This unprecedented appointment certainly gladdens my heart as I have always been passionate about women in politics.
What gives me joy the most is that on 7th January 2021, my four biological daughters, can watch the inauguration of the first female Vice President of the Republic and be inspired beyond measure to achieve all their dreams. I want my daughters to find hope in Prof Naana Jane Opoku Agyemang in a world dominated by men occupying the highest office of the land.
The time is now indeed, and I pledge my full service towards victory for the great NDC come December 2020.
Coronavirus Pandemic Is ‘Accelerating’ And ‘Getting Worse’ : World Health Organization Boss Warns As Number Of Cases In The World Hit Nearly 12 Million
The World Health Organisation has warned that the Coronavirus pandemic is “accelerating and getting worse” as lockdown measures are being relaxed in several countries in the world.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the WHO, said the Covid-19 pandemic has still not reached its peak as he warned that coronavirus is not under control “in most of the world” and is in fact “getting worse”.
He said the Coronavirus cases were increasing drastically, with almost 12million confirmed infections since the pandemic first began in China back in December.
Speaking at the member state briefing on the Covid-19 pandemic evaluation, he said: “The virus has upended health systems in some of the world’s wealthiest nations, while some countries that have mounted a successful response have been of modest means.
“We know that when countries take a comprehensive approach based on fundamental public health measures – such as find, isolate, test and treat cases, and trace and quarantine contacts – the outbreak can be brought under control.
“But in most of the world, the virus is not under control. It is getting worse.
“More than 11.8 million cases of Covid-19 have now been reported to WHO. More than 544,000 lives have been lost.
“And the pandemic is still accelerating. The total number of cases has doubled in the last six weeks.”
The United States has the highest caseload and deaths in the World, with over 3 million coronavirus cases and more than 130,000 fatalities recorded so far.
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