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New Langya virus detected in China

10/08/2022 at 5:37 PM

Bhubaneswar, Aug 10: A new type of animal derived virus has been reported in China even as the world continues to battle COVID-19 and monkeypox.

It is Henipavirus also known as ‘Langya’ henipavirus (LayV) which is revealed to developed from animal infection, said sources.

The virus has so far infected 35 people in Henan and Shandong provinces of China. However more than 11 cases of Langya were found from July 2020 onwards, during the peak of the pandemic the research said.

The Langya virus was found in the throat samples from febrile patients in many provinces of China. The virus hails from a family of viruses which is known to kill up to three quarters of human beings in case of a severe infection.

However none of the fresh cases have so far resulted in fatality and reports say that most cases are mild and those affected are suffering from flu-like symptoms.

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