Saturday, August 13, 2022

New Virus Unrelated to Coronavirus Is Identified in China as Covid Outbreaks Continue; China Warns of New Langya Virus that has Sickened 35 People, and other C-Virus related stories

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New Virus Unrelated to Coronavirus Is Identified in China as Covid Outbreaks Continue:
Researchers in China have identified a novel virus likely spread to humans from animals—though completely unrelated to the coronavirus—in 35 people. The discovery comes as the country battles its worst Covid outbreak in weeks, with dozens of regions locked down.
The so-called LayV is a newly identified member of the henipaviruses, a group that can infect humans and have high fatality rates. In the subjects tested, some whose samples date back 1-2 years, all had fever, alongside other serious symptoms such as anorexia, vomiting, and impaired liver function.
The findings were reported in the New England Journal of Medicine by Chinese and international researchers.
No deaths were reported, nor was human-to-human spread, though the authors caution little can be drawn from their small sample size. Other henipaviruses can be spread by humans, and at the initial Covid-19 outbreak, researchers felt certain the coronavirus could be spread only from animals to humans.
Wildlife tested in the region revealed the shrew to be the most commonly infected potential vector—possibly an intermediate host from bats. --->READ MORE HERE
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China warns of new Langya virus that has sickened 35 people:
Nearly three dozen people have been sickened by a new virus spreading in China — with scientists warning it is too early to tell if it is deadly or spreads among humans.
The Langya henipavirus — or LayV — appears to be jumping from animals in parts of China, nearly three years after the coronavirus pandemic started there.
It belongs to a family of viruses that “are known to infect humans and cause fatal disease,” a Chinese-led team of international scientists wrote in a peer-reviewed study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
That includes the Nipah virus, which spreads from pigs and kills up to 75% of those infected, according to the World Health Organization.
However, so far none of the 35 confirmed LayV cases found in Shandong and Henan provinces have proven deadly.
Of those cases, some 26 were found to only have LayV, not other illnesses — and all of them suffered fevers, with half also having fatigue and coughs. --->READ MORE HERE
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