Langya: Outbreak of a new virus has affected 35 people in China

Langya virus China

Information on a virus called Langya. Some scientists are tracking a new kind of virus in China that is mostly found in shrews. The Langya virus has been detected in several dozen people, but it is not yet known how humans contract this virus.

A study revealed that 36 people from rural China were infected with a new version of the Langya henipavirus. Symptoms included fever, which is why they had those other symptoms.

So far, there is no evidence that LayV can spread among humans.

Langya: A virus that can infect humans is spreading

A team of Chinese researchers from China, Singapore and Australia published in the New England Journal of Medicine this month.

Some researchers believe that there’s no need to worry about LayV because it’s not fatal or very serious.

There have been various viruses that humans have not been able to predict the effects of.

Scientists have found that 27% of shrews test positive for LayV, which suggests the mammals may be natural reservoirs for the virus. About 5%, or about 10 million dogs, are also test positive and 2% of goats also test positive with the virus.

The development of LayV has made the CDC in Taiwan more aware.

As we continue to exploit wildlife, diseases transmitted between animals and humans are rising. Scientists have found evidence of a new zoonotic virus that can jump from animals to humans.

Viruses that once were regarded as minor are now a concern, since the Covid virus has become so widespread.

CDC estimated that 75% of new infections in humans come from animals

The United Nations, a body for coordinating international cooperation on global issues, has previously warned that we will see more diseases like Ebola in the future. One of their warnings is that exploitation of wildlife and climate change will lead to more outbreaks of diseases like Ebola.

Zoonotic viruses can be fatal to humans. There are the Nipah virus, which has periodic outbreaks among animals and humans in Asia, and the Hendra virus, which is only found in horses in Australia.

You will find henipaviruses in different animals, such as bats and shrews.

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