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China discovers potentially fatal new virus passed to humans from shrews

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

Chine has discovered a potentially fatal new virus that is believed to have been passed to humans by shrews, selon les rapports.

The Langya Henipavirus, known as “Langya,” has already infected 35 gens, 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.

Twenty-six of the patients have reportedly been hit by flu-like symptoms, including fever, tiredness, la toux, mal de tête, and 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, dans severe cases, it can have a fatality rate of up to 75 pour 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 pour cent) and stated it was “a finding that suggests that the shrew may be a natural reservoir of LayV.”