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China issues an alert after discovering a NEW ‘Langya’ virus with 35 infected people.

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According to Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the “Langya” virus has infected 35 persons in two regions in eastern China.

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The virus, technically known as Langya henipavirus (LayV), is completely unique, which means it has never infected people before.

It does, however, belong to the Henipavirus family, of which two species have already been identified – the Hendra virus and the Nipah virus.

These cause often severe and fatal infections in humans, and there are no vaccines or therapies available.

According to World Health Organization data, henipavirus is designated as biosafety Level 4, with case fatality rates ranging from 40% to 75%. (WHO).

According to the Global Times, none of the 35 individuals infected with the novel Langya virus have died, and none have had major complications.

Scientists in China revealed in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that the individuals were evaluated because they were febrile.

Their most prevalent symptoms were fever, exhaustion, cough, loss of appetite, muscle discomfort, nausea, headache, and vomiting.

According to the paper, the patients had a history of animal encounter.

However, the fact that there is a cluster of instances shows that the virus has already spread between individuals.

According to the research, “there was no intimate contact or shared exposure history among the patients, implying that infection in the human population may be random.”

“Contact tracing of nine patients with 15 close relatives demonstrated no close-contact LayV transmission.”

“However, our sample size was insufficient to evaluate the status of LayV human-to-human transmission.”

The scientists assumed that shrews were the most obvious carriers of the Langya virus among the 25 animals investigated.

It’s reminiscent of the Covid epidemic, when China reported only a handful of new coronavirus cases that were considered to be caused solely by animal transmission.

Zoonotic illnesses, or diseases that spread from animals to humans, are becoming a growing worldwide health concern.

Experts believe that “Disease X” is just around the corner, bringing another massive epidemic.

Several reasons are contributing to the spread of these viruses, which include Covid, Zika, and Ebola.

These include habitat damage, wildlife consumption and commerce, and climate change.

The Nipah virus was found in 1999 in Malaysia and Singapore, where 100 people died out of 300 cases.

Only a few outbreaks of the brain-swelling virus have occurred in the last two decades.

However, the CDC warns that it has the potential to spark a pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Hendra virus was discovered in Brisbane, Australia, in 1994, with bats implicated as the source.

There have only been seven cases of the virus documented.

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