Newly Identified Langya Virus Tracked After China Reports Dozens of Cases

Newly Identified Langya Virus Tracked After China Reports Dozens of Cases
Researchers have begun tracking a newly identified virus in China, with dozens of cases recorded so far. From a report: The novel Langya henipavirus (LayV) was first detected in the north-eastern provinces of Shandong and Henan in late 2018 but was only formally identified by scientists last week. The virus was likely transmitted from animals to humans, scientists said, and Taiwan’s health authority is now monitoring the spread. The researchers tested wild animals and found LayV viral RNA in more than a quarter of 262 shrews, “a finding that suggests that the shrew may be a natural reservoir.” The virus was also detected in 2% of domestic goats and 5% of dogs.

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