Cough, fever, vomiting, and muscle aches are symptoms.
In two Chinese provinces, cases of a novel zoonotic virus infection have been reported. Under the working name Langya henipavirus, the virus from the henipavirus family is recognised (LayV). What signs of infection are present, and are we at risk of another epidemic?
Infections with the novel virus have been reported in Henan and Shandong, two Chinese provinces. It is a zoonotic virus from the family of henipaviruses.
35 people have had the virus as of yet. Infection-related symptoms include:
Additional liver and renal function impairment is one of the clinical signs.
This means that they are signs of other infections as well, such COVID-19.
Among other respected scientific journals, the “Novel England Journal of Medicine” carried the news of the discovery of a new henipavirus in China.
New Zoonotic virus detected in 35 people
In a throat swab from one patient, the pathogen initially known as Langya henipavirus (LayV) was discovered by metagenomic analysis and virus isolation.
Another 35 people in the provinces of Shandong and Henan were found to have acute LayV infection as a result of subsequent epidemiological research.
Henipaviruses have been recognised as a family with medium epidemiological potential since the 1990s, according to Dr. hab. n. med. Tomasz Dzieciatkowski, a specialist in virology, microbiology, and laboratory diagnostics from the Medical University of Warsaw.
However, because fruit-eating bats are their natural reservoir, illnesses with them primarily afflict tropical regions.
Chinese experts claim that shrews are most likely to be to responsible for the new virus.
The majority of the 25 small wild animal species studied that contained LayV RNA were shrews (27%), suggesting that the shrew may act as a natural LayV reservoir.
None of the detected cases, according to study participant Professor Wang Linfa, were fatal or even serious.
He claims that there is no cause to panic as a result.
Of course, the scientist issues a caution to be cautious. He argues that many viruses that exist in nature can be unexpected when they infect a person.
An examination of all 35 cases of human illness found to far shows no evidence of virus transfer from person to person.
The main possibility for carrying the virus has been identified as shrews.
“New infectious diseases will have an increasing impact on people’s daily life,” warns Wang Xinyu, associate chief physician at the infectious disease department of Huashan Hospital at Fudan University in China. “Coronavirus will not be the last contagious disease to cause a worldwide pandemic.”