Langya Henipavirus : The new virus that has infected 35 people, explained

Langya Henipavirus also known as LayV (Langya Virus) is actually a species of Henipavirus first detected in the Chinese provinces of Shandong and Henan. This virus has infected 35 persons in China. This virus can be transmitted from animals to human.

Symptoms

The persons infected with the virus have shown various symptoms. It includes : fever, fatigue, cough, myalgia, headache, nausea, anorexia. If we look into the information provided by the Taipei Times, some of the infected individuals also showed liver and kidney failure, low platelat count and decrease in white blood cells.

Langya Henipavirus
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When was the Langya Henipavirus first detected?

The virus was first detected in the Chinese provinces of Shandong and Henan. All credits to an early detection process that people with symptoms have been detected who had a recent history of exposure to animals in China’s eastern provinces. The patients being mostly from the farming community.

How harmful can the virus be?

Even though the virus is in the research stage, but according to study the virus was responsible for failure of liver and kidney. It also caused loss in platelat count and decrease in white blood cells. Therefore, it can be presumed that the affects of the virus can be very much severe.

It can also be noted that within three years of the outbreak of the coronavirus in China, we have yet another virus in detection in Eastern China.

Frequently Asked Questions :

What is the new virus detected in China?

Langya Henipavirus

What are the Symptoms of the Langya Henipavirus?

Fever, Fatigue, Cough, Myalgia, headache, Nausea

Where was the Langya Henipavirus first detected?

The virus has been first detected in the Chinese provinces of Shandong and Henan.

How is the Langya Henipavirus transmitted?

According to study the virus has been transmitted from animals to humans.

Can the Langya Henipavirus be transmitted from human to human?

The is no proven fact yet of the virus being transmitted from human to human.

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What are the possibilities of human to human transmission of the virus?

There is no adequate confirmation about the Langya Henipavirus being transmitted from human to human. According to researchers, the sample size of their study is too small to determine or make any confirmations about human to human transmission of the virus.

But they have emphasized that among the 35 individuals that have been infected by the virus there were mo close contact or common exposure history.

According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the transmission of germs from animals to humans, which we call Zoonosis is quite common. Many a times for them causing any disease is quite limited, resulting in dying without having any major impact.

Along with it, post Covid 19, more tracking systems are available and functional now and picking up of pathogens.

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