Apenas 35 cases discovered so far but most patients did report fever and fatigue from disease also linked to liver and kidney impairment
Contudo, somente 35 cases of Langya Henipavirus have been diagnosed so far and none have proven deadly or caused serious illness, de acordo com Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Its discovery was first reported in the New England Journal of Medicine sobre 4 August in a study entitled “A Zoonotic Henipavirus in Febrile Patients in China”.
“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.
Transferred from animals to humans, the Langya virus appears to be particularly prevalent in shrews, with dogs and goats also testing positive for the disease at lower rates, according to the research.
What are the symptoms of the Langya virus?
The majority of the patients diagnosed with the virus thus far have developed a range of flu-like symptoms including fever (100 por cento), fatigue (54 por cento), cough (50 por cento) and muscle aches and pains (46 por cento), náusea (38 por cento), headaches and vomiting (Ambas 35 por cento).
It has also been linked with lower white blood cell counts in infected patients, as well as impaired liver and reduced kidney function.
Do 35 patients identified between December 2018 e pode 2021 (most of whom are farmers), nine were asymptomatic. That works out to roughly one in four.
The reason for concern is that two previous forms of henipavirus – the Hendra virus and Nipah virus, discovered in Australia in 1994 and Malaysia in 1999 respectively – have both likewise proved transmissible by animals and had high fatality rates.
Contudo, virologists have so far been keen to allay such fears.
“The only henipavirus that has shown some sign of human-to-human transmission is the Nipah virus and that requires very close contact,” Olivier Restiff of the University of Cambridge contado New Scientist.
“I don’t think this has much pandemic potential.”
Francis Balloux of University College London agreed but did warn: “The vast majority of our pathogens come from animal populations. I think we should be better prepared for an event like Covid-19 happening. I think it’s very likely this will happen in the coming decades.”
no entanto, Chuang Jen-hsiang, deputy director of Taiwan’s CDC, said its laboratories were working on a standardised nucleic acid testing method to identify the virus, so that human infections could be monitored.