Scientists warn of ‘zombie virus’ that could cause a pandemic

A group of scientists from the Information Génomique et Structurale laboratory in Marseille, France, have warned about the possibility of the arrival of a new pandemic in the future that could be caused by a virus that has been frozen for more than 30,000 years.

According to a report from BrandJean-Michel Claverie, a geneticist at the University of Aix-Marseille, indicated that the microbes present in the Arctic could cause this situation, after global warming and the increase in activity and the presence of ships in the area accelerate the thawing process.


According to researchers, there is a good chance that these viruses and others will become free if the thawing process continues and end up triggering new diseases.

Despite the projections, the group of scientists who discovered this virus has already isolated the strains of the microbe to avoid the possibility of it causing a new global pandemic.


Scientists reveal that the virus is known as Pithovirus sibericumbaptized as a zombie virus, since this nickname was due to its origin, ‘returning’ to life after 30,000 years of inactivity.

Likewise, not only have the strains been isolated, but a surveillance network is also being planned in the Arctic area, where the virus was found, to try to identify the possible disease and be able to treat people who may become infected. .


This ‘zombie virus’ was discovered by experts from said laboratory in a layer of Siberian permafrost located in the northwest of Siberia and had been frozen for several thousand years.