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Now lame virus found in China; Kidney, liver may fail; 35 infectedMEERI News

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Believe it or not, another virus with a strange name has emerged in China. According to reports, the zoonotic ‘Langya virus’ has infected at least 35 people in China.

The patients did not have close contact with each other or a common exposure history, suggesting that human infections may have been sporadic, officials said. Meanwhile, Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is currently establishing a nucleic acid testing method to identify and investigate the spread of the virus.

Langya virus is a newly discovered virus and therefore, laboratories in Taiwan will need a standardized nucleic acid testing method to identify the virus, so that human infections can be monitored if necessary, Taiwan CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang said.

What is lameness henipavirus?

Lameness henipavirus, found in China’s Shandong and Henan provinces, can be transmitted from animals to humans.

Human-to-human transmission of the virus has not been reported, Chuang said, though at the same time he said the CDC has yet to determine whether the virus can be transmitted to humans and to alert people to further updates on the virus. Be careful, Chuang said. .

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Giving details of the serological survey conducted on domestic animals, he said that 2 percent of the tested goats and 5 percent of the dogs were found to be positive.

Test results from 25 wild animal species suggest that shrews (a small rodent-like insectivorous mammal) may be a natural reservoir of lameness henipavirus, as the virus was found in 27 percent of shrew subjects, the CDC deputy director said. , said CDC Deputy DG.

What are the symptoms of lameness virus?

Some patients infected with the virus have fever, fatigue, cough, loss of appetite, muscle aches, nausea, headache and vomiting.

They also showed a decrease in white blood cells. Low platelet count, liver failure and kidney failure.

Where was the virus first found?

A new henipavirus associated with a human disease causing fever in China was identified, according to a study titled “A zoonotic henipavirus in febrile patients in China” published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The investigation identified 35 patients with severe Langya henipavirus infection in China’s Shandong and Henan provinces, and 26 of them were infected only with Langya virus, no other pathogens.

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