All you need to know about the new Langya Henipavirus reported in China
- A total of 35
Langya Henipaviruscases have been reported in China.
- This zoonotic virus can spread from animals to humans and can cause renal and liver failure, according to media reports.
- Currently, there is no vaccine available for the
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This zoonotic virus can spread from animals to humans and can cause renal and liver failure, according to media reports. It is a part of genus Henipavirus, which has a single-stranded RNA genome and belongs to the same family as the
What is the Langya Henipavirus?
The Langya Henipavirus is a bat-borne zoonotic virus which can easily spread from animals to humans. It has been detected in 2% of domestic goats and 5% of domestic dogs, reportedly.
The virus has also been found in over 200 shrews, according to a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
A report by Taiwan Taipei revealed that around 26 out of 35 people were infected with the Langya virus but no other pathogens were found in their bodies. It is not a newly detcted virus as it was first first reported in 2018 but was officially detected last week.
According to the study A Zoonotic Henipavirus in Febrile Patients in China, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on August 4, highlighted that this virus is ‘phylogenetically distinct Henipavirus’.
Hendra, Nipah, Cedar, Mojiang and the Ghanaian bat virus — are some of the types of Henipaviruses which have been reported before this one.
Researchers have also said that Langya virus holds a biosafety level 4 in the virus classification with a 40-75% fatality rate.
Symptoms of Henipavirus
These are some of the common symptoms that were seen in the 26 patients — fever, fatigue, a cough, loss of appetite, muscle pain, nausea, headache, and vomiting. Decrease in white blood cells. Low platelet count, liver failure, and kidney failure were also noted in the patients, as per a report by DNA.
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