The virus, dubbed ‘LayV’, was discovered in eastern China by an early detection system for people with fever who had recent contact with animals. The patients, mostly farmers, reported fatigue, coughing, anorexia and pain. Some had blood cell abnormalities and liver and kidney damage, but no deaths occurred.
Published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)reportTwenty-six of the 35 patients had LayV-only infections, according to the WHO. The researchers said there was no indication of close contact or common exposure history for these infected individuals, suggesting that human infections may be sporadic.
In experiments similarHenipavirusLayV was detected in 27% of shrews, which are known to be the vector of the disease, suggesting that this animal may be a natural host.
Researchers in Beijing, Singapore and Australia said more research was needed to better understand LayV infections.Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare (Ministry of Health) Disease ControlattentionHe said that he was doing so, and indicated a policy to develop inspection procedures for the virus.
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