Everything To Know About The Langya Virus That’s Affecting People In China

Langya Virus
by Ishita Agarwal
by Ishita Agarwal 128

According to Beijing’s state media, human infections with a novel Henipavirus strain isolated from animals recorded in China’s Shandong and Henan provinces. According to the state-run Global Times, which cites media sources, the new strain of Henipavirus (also known as Langya Virus) got discovered in throat swab samples from feverish patients in eastern China. 

What is Langya Virus? 

According to recent research titled “A Zoonotic Henipavirus in Febrile Patients in China” that get publishes in The New England Journal of Medicine, the recently identifies virus as a “phylogenetically different Henipavirus”. Before this, the genus Henipavirus was divided into Hendra, Nipah, Cedar, Mojiang, and the Ghanaian bat virus.

According to the US CDC, the Cedar virus, Ghanaian bat virus, and Mojiang virus are not recognise as diseases in humans. However, Hendra and Nipah infect people and can potentially be lethal. 

Langya Virus

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What Are The Symptoms of Langya Virus? 

The research examined 26 individuals who just had a LayV infection to find the symptoms that went along with it. In addition, 35% of the total 26 reported experiencing nausea and vomiting. According to the research, 35% of participants had compromised liver function, and 8% had compromised renal function. 

The research found that the individuals also had abnormalities related to “thrombocytopenia (35%), leukopenia (54%). Moreover, poor liver (35%) and kidney (8%) function.” Low platelet counts refer to as thrombocytopenia. Therefore, a drop in white blood cell counts, known as leukopenia, lowers the body’s capacity to fight illness. 

The solely available therapy for henipavirus is supportive care to manage problems. However, there is presently neither vaccination nor a cure. 

 

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