World headlines | China detected a new viral outbreak.

Taiwan is preparing for the probable spread of a brand-new, deadly henipavirus that affects both humans and animals.



A novel henipavirus that appears to travel from animals to humans has infected at least 35 people in China, raising concerns about a potentially lethal pathogen in nearby Taiwan.


Chuang Jen-Hsiang, deputy director of Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC), told reporters on Sunday that to standardized identify the Langya henipavirus (LayV), laboratories in Taiwan will need to set up standardized than were testing processes. He predicted that the virus's genome sequencing will be finished in approximately a week.


Three days after the New England Journal of Medicine published than was research on the recently identified virus, which was found in China's Shandong and Henan regions, Chuang made his remarks. High fevers were present in all of the affected individuals, and at least half of them also reported exhaustion, coughing, appetite loss, and a decrease in white blood cells.


Among patients, more than one-third experienced liver failure, and 8% experienced kidney failure. According to the study, LayV is a negative-strand RNA virus belonging to the Paramyxoviridae family that can cause "fatal illness." Its appearance coincides with the Covid-19 pandemic, which has reportedly claimed the lives of more than 6.4 million people, still being handled by public health officials all over the world.


Researchers say it's not yet known whether the pathogen may spread from person to person. 5% of dogs and 2% of goats were infected in the affected areas, according to tests on animals. Given that 27% of samples tested positive for LayV, shrews may be major carriers of the virus.


None of the 35 afflicted people were near one another or shared an exposure history, according to Chuang. No family members or other people who were exposed to the affected folks had the virus, according to contact tracing.


According to Chuang, the Taiwanese CDC will collaborate with agriculture officials to investigate whether comparable viruses infect natural species on the self-governing island. The outbreak in China hasn't yet resulted in any fatalities, he continued.


In 2013, Mojiang paramyxovirus (MojV), a novel henipavirus, was found by Chinese researchers. The virus was discovered to be present in rats residing in a closed copper mine in the Yunnan province. Three mineworkers who had been sick with acute pneumonia were hospitalized. They passed away before scientists could reach the location, therefore there was no direct evidence linking them to hospitalizedMoji.


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