Health: Langya virus: More and more cases of new animal-to-human disease in China

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researchers observe the spread of the new Langya Henipavirus (Layv) in China, where dozens of cases have already been reported.

The virus was first discovered in the northeastern provinces of Shandong and Henan in 2018, but only officially identified last week after a sudden increase in cases in China. In the meantime, they have risen to a total of 35.

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As part of a health monitoring project in the east of China, several patients with a fever have been examined who have recently been in contact with animals. This emerges from an study published last week by the Beijing Institute for Microbiology and Epidemiology.

After the Langya virus had been demonstrated in a patient's throat smear, the researchers found the virus with 35 other people in the provinces of Shandong and Henan - almost all of the farmers.

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The Langya virus belongs to the same family as the fatal Nipah and Hendra viruses, the Henipaviren family.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this family of virus is very dangerous, the mortality rate at NIPAH is estimated at 40 to 75 percent - much higher than the mortality rate reported for Covid -19.

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It is unclear how dangerous the Langya virus could be for humanity because all patients who have been infected in China with the virus have so far only shown slight flu-like symptoms and no deaths have been reported.


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According to a Chinese study from 2008 , the Henipaviruses of Pteropids Air Dogs (an air dog species) and micro-leaves Different species transferred, in other studies, other henipaviruses were found in bats, rodents and pointed mice.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptom of Langya virus seems to be a fever (for all patients), but the infected also reported fatigue (54 percent of patients), loss of appetite (50 percent), muscle pain (46 percent), cough (50 percent), Nausea (38 percent), headache and vomiting (35 percent) after infection with the virus.

Some also developed anomalies of the blood cells and signs of liver and kidney damage, but none of the infected patients died.

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The Langya virus is a zoonotic infection - that is, the virus is transferred to humans by animals. Because there was no close contact among the patients in China, experts assume that the animal is still sporadically transferred from the animal to humans.

The researchers in China are still trying to find out which animals were involved in the virus transmission, but they suspect that it could have been pointed mice.

Scientists of the Beijing Institute for Microbiology and Epidemiology found that the genome of the virus was demonstrated, especially in pointed mice, under 25 examined species of wild small animals. 27 percent of the 262 examined pointed mice carried the virus.

That could mean that the tiny animal is a natural reservoir for the Langya virus.

that the virus was transferred to a person by an animal is certain. The researchers are still disagreed with whether it is possible to transfer from person to person at all.

, according to the Chinese scientists, showed the back track of 9 patients with 15 family members who were in close contact, no transfer of the virus. However, the same researchers believe that the examined sample is too small to determine whether a transfer from person to person is possible.

How is the virus treated?

There is currently no vaccine for people against Henipaviren, but it will be a vaccine against the Hendra virus for horses.

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