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Scientists are monitoring an animal-derived virus that has infected at least a dozen people in eastern China.

Langya Virus: New virus spread among 35 people in eastern China

In the Shandong and Henan provinces, 35 patients have the new Langya henipavirus (LayV). Many people displayed signs like fever, exhaustion, and a cough. It is believed that animals may have exposed them to the virus. There is currently no proof that LayV may spread between people.

The virus was mostly found in shrews, according to researchers. Researchers from China, Singapore, and Australia wrote a letter that was this month published in the New England Journal of Medicine that highlighted the discovery.

According to one of the researchers, Wang Linfa from the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, there is “no need to fear” because the LayV cases that have been identified so far have not been deadly or highly serious.

According to Mr. Wang, there is still a need to be vigilant because many viruses found in nature can have unpredicted effects when they infect people. According to the researchers, 27% of the shrews tested positive for LayV, indicating that the mole-like creatures may act as “natural reservoirs” for the virus. It was also detected in 2% of goats and about 5% of dogs.

The development of LayV is something that Taiwan’s Center for Disease Control stated it was monitoring “closely” on Sunday. The world would experience more of these diseases due to rising animal exploitation and climate change, the United Nations had previously warned.

Some zoonotic viruses have the potential to kill people. These include the Hendra virus, which was first discovered in horses in Australia, and the Nipah virus, which periodically affects both humans and animals in Asia. Shrews, bats, and rodents have all been shown to have more closely related henipaviruses.

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