Zoonotic Langya virus detected from China after Corona: 35 infected


New Delhi: While the outbreak of Corona epidemic has not subsided, another virus has come to light. Zoonotic Langya virus has been detected in China, and about 35 people have been infected. Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said Taiwan would establish a nucleic acid test system to detect the virus and monitor its spread, according to media reports.

According to reports, Langya Henipavirus found in Shandong and Henan regions of China can be transmitted from animals to humans. Taiwan’s CDC Deputy Director General Chuang Zhen-Hsiang said on Sunday, “According to a study, there have been no reports of human-to-human transmission so far. People have to be careful to pay more attention to human-to-human transmission and viruses.”

Giving details of the serological survey conducted on domestic animals, he said, “In the test, 2 percent of the goats and 5 percent of the tested dogs were found to be positive.” Tests on 25 wild animal species suggest that the screw (a small rodent-like insectivorous mammal) may be a natural reservoir of Langya Henipavirus. The virus was found in 27% of cases, CDC Deputy Director General said.

According to a study of “A Zoonotic Henipavirus in Febrile Patients in China” published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a new Henipavirus associated with human disease causing fever in China has been identified.

In this research, about 35 patients in Shandong and Henan regions of China have been identified as infected with Langya Henipavirus. These infected individuals are unrelated and have no common exposure history. Symptoms such as fever, fatigue, cough, loss of appetite, muscle pain, nausea, headache and vomiting were observed in 26 patients. Symptoms like low platelet count, liver failure and kidney failure have also been observed.

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