新しい「Langya」について私たちが知っていることすべて’ ウイルスはトガリネズミから広がる’ 中国で

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 中国 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 shrewクレジット: ゲッティ – 寄稿者

これまでのところ, 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 そして 75 パーセント, 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 今月.


Those who have caught he virus reported experiencing flu-like symptoms such as , 倦怠感, a cough, [object Window], 筋肉痛, 吐き気, 頭痛 and vomiting.

の 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.