Langya virus: After corona, China was troubled by ‘Langya virus’, 35 people in the grip of infection, all came in contact with animals

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Highlights

  • China troubled by ‘Langya virus’ after Corona
  • 35 people in the grip of infection
  • all animals came into contact with

Langya virus: The world is yet to recover from the corona virus infection that 35 people are suspected to be infected with the new virus ‘Langya henipavirus’ in China’s Shandong and Henan provinces. It is related to Hendra and Nipah virus. However, we do not know much about this new virus and we do not even know whether it is transmitted from human to human. How are people getting sick? Researchers in China detected the new virus as part of routine surveillance of people with fever and people who had recently come into contact with animals. Once the virus was detected, the researchers tracked the virus in other people.

What are the symptoms of this virus?

Symptoms are mostly mild, including fever, fatigue, cough, loss of appetite, bone pain, vomiting, and headache. However, we do not know how long the patients have been ill. In a very small number of people, more serious symptoms have been observed, including pneumonia and problems with the liver and kidneys. Where did this virus come from? The study authors also ascertained whether the source of the virus was domestic or wild animals. However, they found that a small number of goats and dogs had been found infected with the virus in the past. However, there is more direct evidence that the virus can be transmitted from wild shrews. This suggests that humans got this infection from moles.

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New virus appears to be close to two other viruses

This new virus appears closely related to two other viruses that are found in humans i.e. Nipah virus and Hendra virus. This family of viruses was the inspiration for the fictional MEV-1 virus in the film ‘Contagion’. Hendra virus was first detected in Queensland in 1994, when it killed 14 horses and trainer Vic Rail. Since then, a variety of viruses have been detected in horses in Queensland and northern New South Wales. Seven cases of human infection with Hendra virus have been detected in Australia. Four of these died. The whole world is familiar with Nipah virus because it has spread everywhere. It has caused the most havoc in Bangladesh. The severity of an infection can range from very mild to life-threatening.

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