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The virus de Lángyá (‘LayV), of the species Langya henipavirusa kind ofHenipavirus first detected in the Chinese provinces of Shandong and Henan[2][3]. This human pathogenic infectious agent is named after Mount Lángyá.

It was identified in 35 patients from 2018 to August 2022 (average age 60) causing symptoms such as fever, fatigue and cough[2][4],[5]. More than a third of patients also have liver failure[6]. No deaths due to LayV have been reported (August 2022)[7][8]. Langya virus affects species such as humans, dogs, goats and its presumed original host, shrews (a quarter of which carry the virus)[2],[9]. The 35 cas were not in contact with each other and it is not known as of August 2022 if the virus was capable of human-to-human transmission[8],[10].

Langya virus is phylogenetically close to Mòjiāng virus (in)[6]. They belong to the genus Henipavirus such as the Nipah virus which is responsible for human epidemics.


  1. (in) « Virus Taxonomy: 2021 Release »ICTV.
  2. a b et c Xiao-Ai ZhangHao LiFa-Chun JiangFeng ZhuYun-Fa ZhangJin-Jin ChenChee-Wah TanDanielle E. AndersonHang FanLi-Yan DongChang LiPan-He ZhangYue LiHeng DingLi-Qun FangLin-Fa Wang et wei Liu« A Zoonotic Henipavirus in Febrile Patients in China », New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 387, no 5,‎ August 3, 2022, p. 470–472 (PMID 35921459DOI 10.1056/NEJMc2202705S2CID 251315935, read online)
  3. Newly identified Langya virus tracked after China reports dozens of cases The GuardianDonna Lu, 10 August 2022
  4. Langya: New virus infects 35 people in eastern China Melissa Zhu, BBC News, 9 August 2022
  5. (in-US) Thomas Reading, « Langya Virus: China Detects New Virus in 35 People »on Newsweek, August 8, 2022 (consulted the August 9, 2022)
  6. a et b https://www.ladepeche.fr/2022/08/10/le-langya-henipavirus-detecte-en-chine-symptomes-virulence-nombre-de-cas-ce-que-lon-sait-sur-ce-nouveau-virus-10482207.php
  7. « [Taiwan’s] CDC to monitor novel virus after China infection reports », Focus Taiwan – CNA English News,‎ August 8, 2022 (read online [archive du 9 août 2022])
  8. a et b « Zoonotic Langya virus found in China, [Taiwan’s] CDC says »on Taipei Times, August 9, 2022 (consulted the August 9, 2022)
  9. China discovers potentially fatal new virus passed to humans from shrews Graeme Massie, The Independent9 August 2022
  10. New Langya virus that may have spilled over from animals infects dozens Washington Post, Amy Cheng, August 10, 2022


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