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Fauci says new swine flu not 'immediate threat'

The new G4 virus which has been detected in China is not an "immediate threat," United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci told the US Senate on Tuesday.

Fauci noted that the flu does have some similarities to H1N1 from 2009. He went on to stress that the US needs to "keep an eye" on the new flu, but that the strain is not affecting humans yet.

Earlier, researchers in China said they detected a new strand of the swine flu which has the potential to cause a pandemic and the World Health Organization (WHO) said it would also investigate the disease.

Breaking the News / VP