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Langya Henipavirus: Causes, Symptoms, Spread/Development, Cure Of China Langya Virus

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Langya Henipavirus: Causes, Symptoms, Spread/Development, Cure Of China Langya Virus

China has discovered new dangerous virus passed to humans from shrews The Langya
Henipavirus, known as “Langya”, has already infected 35 people, according to Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control

 

China has discovered a potentially fatal new virus that is believed to have been passed to humans by shrews, according to reports.

The Langya Henipavirus, known as “Langya,” has already infected 35 people, although no one has died or suffered a serious illness, says Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control as per a report in The Taipei Times.

The outlet also noted that the virus has so far been found in China’s Shandong and Henan provinces, and human-to-human transmission has not yet been reported.

Langya Virus Symptoms

Twenty-six of the patients have reportedly been hit by flu-like symptoms, including;

1. Fever 🥵

2. Tiredness

3. Cough 😷

4. Headache

5. Vomiting 🤮

The new virus is in the Henipavirus family, which has two previously identified viruses, the Hendra virus and Nipah virus. There is no vaccine and, in severe cases, it can have a fatality rate of up to 75 per cent, according to the World Health Organization.

The development of the new henipavirus has also appeared in a study titled “A Zoonotic Henipavirus in Febrile Patients in China” which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine last week.

“There was no close contact or common exposure history among the patients, which suggests that the infection in the human population may be sporadic,” the study stated.

The study found that of 25 species of wild small animals tested, the virus was predominantly found in shrews (27 per cent) and stated it was “a finding that suggests that the shrew may be a natural reservoir of LayV.”

Causes, Spread and Development of Langya Virus

  1. The virus was likely transmitted from animals to human, The Guardian said in a report, quoting scientists in Taiwan. The country’s health ministry is now monitoring the spread. A correspondence about the new virus by scientists from China, Singapore and Australia has been published in New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
  2. Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang said that 26 of the affected patients developed symptoms like fever, fatigue, cough, loss of appetite, muscle pain, nausea, headache and vomiting. They also showed a decrease in white blood cells, low platelet count, liver failure and kidney failure.
  3. The test results of 25 wild animal species suggest that the shrew (a small insectivorous mammal resembling a mouse) might be a natural reservoir of the Langya henipavirus, as the virus was found in 27 per cent of the shrew subjects, the CDC official said.
  4. There have been no deaths from “LayV”, as the virus is called by scientists. Professor Wang Linfa of the Duke-NUS Medical School, a co-author of the NEJM paper, told Global Times that the LayV cases had “not been fatal or very serious” so far and that there was “no need for panic”.
  5. Henipavirus is a category of zoonotic RNA viruses that also includes Hendra virus and Nipah virus. Hendra is believed to have originated in Australia and affects horses and humans, while Nipah has caused disease outbreaks in several countries, including India. Both the viruses are associated with high fatality rates.

Langya Virus cure

There is no remedy or cure for the China Langya virus since it was just being discovered. My advice to humans to keep their environment clean from dirt, since the symptoms come inform of fever, we can’t confirm official treatment for this virus.

 

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