Dozens of Chinese People Have Caught the Newly Discovered “Langya” Virus From Shrews

There is no proof that the almost three-dozen persons who have fallen ill in China due to a newly found virus from the same family as the deadly Nipah and Hendra viruses can spread the disease to one another. The virus, termed Langya henipavirus or LayV, was detected thanks to an early detection technique for sick persons with a recent history of exposure to animals in eastern China.

Patients, most of whom were farmers, complained of weakness, coughing, loss of appetite, and aches, and some had blood-cell abnormalities and symptoms of liver and kidney damage. Everyone made it out alive.
According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 26 of the 35 patients had sole LayV infection.

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The researchers concluded that human infection might be sporadic because there was no evidence of close contact or a shared history of exposure. Shrews were found to be infected with the virus at a rate of 27%, and since they are a known vector for other henipaviruses, it is possible that these little, furry mole-like creatures serve as a natural reservoir.

The scientists from Beijing, Singapore, and Australia agree that more research is necessary to comprehend this virus fully. The Centers for Disease Control in Taiwan have indicated that they are paying attention to the report and are making preparations to begin screening for the Langya virus.

The spread of viruses from animals to humans, called zoonosis, is expected, accounting for more than six out of every 10 recognized infectious diseases in people, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As a rule, their infectious effects are short-lived and they eventually die off.

More sophisticated surveillance systems have since been put in place in the wake of Covid-19 and are detecting previously unnoticed viruses. Stay tuned with us only on Lee Daily


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