Langya virus found in shrews: Many infected in China

A major proportion of new and existing diseases in people are caused by zoonoses, which are animal diseases that can spread to humans
According to a research published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine, the diseases were discovered in China's central Henan and eastern Shandong regions, affecting 35 people (Unsplash)
According to a research published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine, the diseases were discovered in China's central Henan and eastern Shandong regions, affecting 35 people (Unsplash)

Patients have described fever, exhaustion, coughing, nausea, and headaches as symptoms of the virus, also known as LayV or Langya Henipavirus.

Langya virus is a newly discovered henipavirus that has the potential to cause illness in humans and animals

According to the findings, some persons also experienced blood cell abnormalities and reduced liver and renal function. Shrews may serve as a pathogen's natural reservoir, per the research findings. According to a report, a new virus that is also present in shrews has sickened dozens of people in China, but there is no proof of transmission from person to person at this time.

According to research published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine, the diseases were discovered in China's central Henan and eastern Shandong regions, affecting 35 people.

According to a research published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine, the diseases were discovered in China's central Henan and eastern Shandong regions, affecting 35 people (Unsplash)
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Shrews may serve as a pathogen's natural reservoir, per the research findings (Unsplash)
Shrews may serve as a pathogen's natural reservoir, per the research findings (Unsplash)

According to the study, there was absence of close relationships or a shared history of exposure among the patients which raises the possibility that the virus is sporadic in the human population and that the majority of the patients were farmers, and instances were discovered with the assistance of a detection system for people with severe fever and a history of animal exposure.

According to a research published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine, the diseases were discovered in China's central Henan and eastern Shandong regions, affecting 35 people (Unsplash)
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The virus was named after   "Langya", a town in Shandong [Unsplash]
The virus was named after "Langya", a town in Shandong [Unsplash]

The researchers from China, Singapore, and Australia who contributed to the publication believe that more research is necessary to comprehend the disorders linked to the virus.

The source also says that according to Linfa Wang of the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, cases of the Langya henipavirus have not yet proven deadly or extremely serious.

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