Tout ce que nous savons sur le nouveau ‘Langya’ virus 'propagé par les musaraignes’ en Chine

JUST a few years after Covid was first detected and took hold of the world, scientists have raised the alarm over another entirely new virus.

Langya henipavirus (LayV), otherwise known as “Langya” virus, has so far only infected a few dozen people in eastern Chine and doesn’t appear to be as dangerous as Covid.

Scientists believe the infection could be down to a shrew

Scientists believe the infection could be down to a shrewCrédit: Getty – Donateur

Jusqu'à présent, none of the patients who are infected with the new Langya virus have died, and none have been seriously ill or died.

What is the new virus?

“Langya” virus is part of the henipavirus family, of which two species have been identified beforethe Hendra virus and Nipah virus.

These produce often severe and fatal illnesses in peopleand there are currently no vaccines or treatments.

Henipavirus is classified as biosafety Level 4 with case fatality rates between 40 et 75 pour cent, according to the data from World Health Organization (WHO).

Where was it discovered?

The virus was first detected two north-eastern provinces in China: Shandong and Henan.

The discovery was first highlighted in a letter written by researchers from China, Singapore and Australia and published in the New England Journal of Medicine ce mois-ci.

Quels sont les symptômes?

Those who have caught he virus reported experiencing flu-like symptoms such as histoires découvrez comment une femme est tombée enceinte sur le, fatigue, a cough, loss of appetite, muscle pain, nausea, mal de tête and vomiting.

De la 35 people identified as having contracted the virus, nine were asymptomatic.

How does the virus spread?

“Langya” virus is a zoonotic virus, a disease which can spread from animals to humans.

Researchers have detected the virus predominantly in shrews.

They believe that everyone who has contracted the virus are thought to have caught it from animals.

There is no evidence so far that Langya can be passed on between humans.