A new virus, Langya henipavirus (LayV), is making its grounds in China at a time when the world is still recovering from the aftershocks of the coronavirus.
While LayV was first detected in late 2018, scientists only managed to identify it last week as it already infected almost three dozen people in China.
A New Emerging Virus in China
According to a Chinese-led team of global scientists, which wrote a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), LayV is capable of “infecting humans and causing fatal disease.”
Out of the 35 patients identified until now, 26 have no other disease. Likewise, some other “abnormalities” were reported in 54% of the patients, as their white blood cells decreased, resulting in leukopenia.
Similarly, more than 33% of infected people suffered from malfunctioned liver, while 8% had kidney problems.
As all the cases have been found in the Chinese province of Shandong and Henan, researchers are gathering clues to find the hotspots of the virus that can be proven dangerous in the long run.
So, they tested 25 species of wild animals in the neighboring areas of the infected provinces and found out that 27% of shrews can be “natural reservoir(s) of LayV.”
China has discovered a new, potentially fatal virus within its borders, which experts say could trigger yet another pandemic.
The Langya Henipavirus, referred to as "Langya," has already infected 35 people, according to Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control pic.twitter.com/cfo4flpP8U
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Researchers are claiming that LayV spreads from animals to humans, and nearly 5% of dogs and 2% of domestic goats in vulnerable areas were also infected by it.
Reportedly, Chinese people’s tendency to eat raw animals can trigger the outbreak of the virus. While the same family of the virus has previously infected human beings, it is yet to be estimated how contagious the LayV virus is.
LayV Now Strikes the World After COVID and Monkeypox
The study suggested the frequency of human-to-human transmission of the virus can only be estimated after analyzing more cases of the virus.
However, it also established the infection in human beings “may be sporadic,” considering the history of the already infected people.
Some of the symptoms of LayV include fever, cough, aches, fatigue, and loss of appetite in the infected individuals.
As the world slowly starts to recover from the COVID-19 waves & attempts to understand monkeypox, a new virus has now hit China. According to Chinese media, the Langya henipavirus (LayV) has infected 35 patients in two provinces with mostly mild symptoms.https://t.co/eKMQrVl8Zv pic.twitter.com/ofYIvc9EyE
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Although the scientists warned of a “febrile illness” due to the virus, no death has been reported until now. So, Prof Wang Linfa, a co-author of the NEJM report, advised people not to panic in the wake of the new outbreak.
This virus emerged at a time when the world was preparing for another emerging disease, monkeypox, which has already penetrated more than 90 countries worldwide.
Recently, the USA Today reported that even though the transmission rate of monkeypox is low, the US has already registered 9,000 cases of the disease, which is worrying the health bureaucracy of the country.
This outbreak is urging the Biden administration to craft a new vaccine strategy that can force Americans to comply with more vaccine mandates.