China Detects 35 Novel Langya Virus Cases

Chinese Scientists said a new virus in China, likely transmitted from animals to humans, detected in 35 people in eastern China.

According to the Scientists, the new virus is a novel virus called Langya henipavirus or LayV.

The Scientists added that the people who tested positive showed fever symptoms but recorded no deaths so far and no obvious evidence of human-human transmission.

“No close contact or common exposure history among the patients,” the Scientists said.

According to reports, researchers found that of the 35 people with acute infection, 26 only have LayV.

Reports also said that all 26 experienced fevers, but only half showed signs of fatigue, cough, and sore muscles, and only 30% had nausea, headache, and vomiting.

Researchers said the group is farmers and factory workers from the provinces of Henan and Shandong in China’s northeast.

Scientists first detected the virus in late 2018, but last week, formally identified LayV with a letter to the editor published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers said LayV is related to the Hendra henipavirus, discovered in Queensland in 1994, where eight people tested positive but four died.


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