A new pathogen has emerged in Chinese provinces, according to Taiwan health authorities. It looks similar to Covid and is believed to be transmitted from animals to humans.
According to Blick, Taiwan announces the emergence of a new virus in Chinese provinces after the publication of a study conducted by scientists. The new pathogen Langya henipavirus (LayV) is believed to be transmitted from animals to humans. Dogs and goats are the main carriers of the virus.
At least 35 people have contracted this new “Henipa” in China. Chuang Jen-hsiang, deputy director of the Taiwan Center for Disease Control (CDC), told reporters on Sunday, according to the Taipei Times.
According to Chuang Jen-hsiang, none of the 35 infected people in China had been in contact with each other. No deaths have been reported so far.
No evidence yet that the virus is transmitted from person to person
Scientists from Beijing and Singapore published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine on Aug. 4. According to her, the virus would have appeared in the Chinese provinces of Shangdong and Henan.
According to the study, the patients had a high fever. At least half of them also experienced fatigue, coughing, loss of appetite and a decrease in white blood cells. More than a third of those affected also suffered from liver failure and 8% from kidney failure.
According to scientists, “LayV” belongs to the family of paramyxoviruses, which, like the corona virus, are mainly transmitted by droplets. However, the traceability of the infected did not allow for evidence of human-to-human transmission.