A new strain of flu carried by pigs which emerged recently can infect human beings, according to scientists.
The scientists are worried that this flu could transmute further so that it can spread easily from one person to another, and result into a global outbreak.
Since it it’s not an immediate problem, they noted, it has all signs of being highly suited to infect human beings and it needs to be monitored.
Dr. Victor Yamo, Animals in Farming Campaigns Manager at World Animal Protection says: “This is yet another reason we need to change our relationship with animals, not only for their welfare, but our health. We can no longer ignore the dangerous risks we are exposed to as a result of exploiting animals.
“Factory farming systems, where billions of animals and humans interact, have always been a hotbed for disease, some of which can affect humans. At least 60% of emerging infectious diseases involve animals, and this pandemic won’t be the last.
“Every year around 50 billion animals are raised globally on factory farms, causing mass suffering where they can’t move freely or behave naturally, and are living in cramped, high stress conditions perfect for disease spread and mutation.
“We need to rethink our food system if we want to avoid future pandemics. We can achieve food and job security without further intensification of livestock farming.”
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