A new ‘Langya’ virus carried by shrews is infecting dozens in China

Researchers were able to detect feverish people with a recent history of exposure to animals in eastern China. Thanks to an early detection system.

The patients, primarily farmers, also complained of being tired, coughing, losing their appetite, and aches.

26 of the 35 patients had just LayV infections, the researchers documented.

A few of the patients also showed evidence of liver and kidney damage as well as abnormal blood cells. However, everyone lived.

The research highlighted that tests revealed the virus in 27 percent of shrews, a recognized vector for related henipaviruses, suggesting the small, hairy creatures may represent a natural reservoir.

There was no evidence they had been in close contact or had a common exposure history, suggesting human infection may be sporadic, the researchers said.

The Centers for Disease Control in Taiwan stated that they are aware of the issue and intend to begin conducting virus screenings.

Scientists analyzed over 200 shrews and discovered the LayV viral RNA in them, suggesting they may serve as the virus’s natural reservoir.

The virus was also found in two percent of domestic goats and five percent of dogs, reported The Guardian.

What do we know about Langya henipavirus or LayV?

LayV, which is related to the severe Nipah and Hendra strains, is thought to have spread from animals to people through a mechanism known as zoonosis.

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