The horrors of the COVID-19 virus infection have not receded. The world continues to fight against the growing infection. In the meantime, the infection of a new deadly virus is known. Officials of China’s health department said on Monday that zoonotic LayV virus (LayV) infection has been detected in the country. According to reports, as many as 35 people have been infected with the virus in mainland Shandong and Henan provinces. Several animals have also been infected, the report added. Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control said Taipei will use a nucleic acid testing method to identify the virus and monitor its spread.

The CDC has issued an alert in Taipei considering the infection situation. It also urged the public to pay close attention to news regarding the spread of the virus. Regarding the transmission process of the virus, Chuang Zhen-xiang, deputy director of the Taiwan CDC, said that there is currently no evidence that the virus is transmitted from person to person. He further informed that so far about 2% of goats and 5% of dogs and other domestic animals have been found infected with this virus after serological tests.

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What is zoonotic Langya virus?

Zoonotic Langya virus or LayV is a novel animal-derived henipavirus that is mostly transmitted from animal to animal. However, it has recently been identified in humans. According to experts, zoonotic Langya virus is similar to Nipah virus. So far none of the infections have been serious or fatal.

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Symptoms of zoonotic Langya virus

A study titled ‘Zoonotic Henipavirus in Febrile Patients in China’ reported that the new infection in humans presented with symptoms such as fever, fatigue, cough, chills, loss of appetite, muscle cramps or muscle pain, nausea, and vomiting.

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