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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A new strain of the influenza virus with the potential to cause a pandemic has been identified in China, according to a new study.

This strain has recently emerged and has pigs as hosts, but can infect humans, say the research authors.

Scientists are concerned that it could mutate even further and spread easily from person to person, thus triggering a global outbreak.

They claim that the strain has "all the features" of being highly adaptable to infect humans and needs to be closely monitored.

Because it is a new strain of the influenza virus, which . . .

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