Zoonotic viruses like swine flu are ticking bombs, say experts
KUALA LUMPUR: Experts believe that zoonotic viruses like the Swine Influenza H1N1 (SIV H1N1) are "ticking time bombs" as these pathogens may mutate to facilitate human transmissions, which are often discovered only at the point of outbreaks.
Virologist Dr Chee Hui Yee said viruses had the potential to infect humans.
She cited previous zoonotic pandemics, such as the 2009 swine flu (Influenza H1N1), which killed 285,000 people worldwide before morphing into the seasonal flu. Covid-19, she said, had already claimed 500,000 lives in six months.