China discovers the Langya, a new virus of animal origin more lethal than the coronavirus


There are people who do not know it, do not believe it or ignore it, but the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and its variants are still in force. To this, we must add the increase in cases of monkeypox, and as if that were not enough, a new virus has appeared in China, also of animal origin.

According to the report of the Global Times website of that country, it is a new zoonotic virus, a new type of henipavirus, baptized as henipavirus Langya or LayVwhich can infect humans.

Langya it belongs to the same family as the Nipah virus, whose pathogen is generally found in bats. This disease can spread through small respiratory droplets.

The report adds that, at least until August 9, recorded 35 cases of infections in the provinces of Shandong, in eastern China, and in Henan, in the center.

Henipaviruses, as Gizmodo explains, are a type of virus that can cause serious illness in animals and humans and are classified as biosafety level 4 viruses. with fatality rates between 40 and 75 percent, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Graphic representation of the Langya virus.

More deadly than the coronavirus

The most worrying of Langya is that, according to the WHO, the fatality rate of henipaviruses is much higher than that of the coronavirus, and there is currently no vaccine or treatment for this type of disease.

The only way to treat henipavirus is supportive care to manage complications, similar to the first steps of treatment for COVID-19.

The symptoms of LayV are the fever, irritability, cough, anorexia, myalgia, nausea, headache, and vomitingsimilar to the symptomatology of the coronavirus.

For now, scientists in China are studying whether the disease was transmitted to humans through domestic or wild animals. They have analyzed 262 shrews, a kind of small hedgehog that looks like a mouse, and found the virus in 71 of themand in addition, it is said that the disease has also been detected in dogs and goats.

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