China reports 35 cases so far

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New Delhi: The zoonotic Langya virus has been found in China and has raised concerns in the country after it has so far affected 35 people. This virus can be transmitted to humans from animals.

Langya henipavirus has occurred in the two provinces of China: Shandong and Henan.

Taiwan CDC Deputy Director General Chuang Jen-hsiang on Sunday said that according to a study, human-to-human transmission of the virus has not been reported, but at the same time said that the CDC has not yet determined whether the virus can be transmitted. among humans and warned people to pay close attention to further updates on the virus.

Providing details of the serological survey conducted on domestic animals, he said 2% of goats tested and 5% of dogs tested were positive.

Results from testing 25 species of wild animals suggest that the shrew (a small insectivorous mammal that resembles a mouse) could be a natural reservoir of Langya henipavirus, as the virus was found in 27 percent of shrew subjects, said the CDC’s deputy director general.

Also, a study titled “A zoonotic henipavirus in febrile patients in China” published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine said a new henipavirus associated with a human disease causing fever in China was identified.

The research identified 35 patients with acute Langya henipavirus infection in China’s Shandong and Henan provinces, and that 26 of them were infected only with Langya virus, without any other pathogens.

Chuang said the 35 patients in China did not have close contact with each other or shared exposure history, and contact tracing showed no viral transmission between close contacts and family, suggesting that the infections humans could be sporadic.

All 26 patients developed symptoms such as fever, fatigue, cough, loss of appetite, muscle pain, nausea, headache and vomiting. They also showed a decrease in white blood cells. low platelet count, liver failure and kidney failure.

Langya virus is a newly detected virus, and therefore laboratories in Taiwan will require a standardized nucleic acid testing method to identify the virus, so that human infections can be monitored, if necessary, Chuang added.

As for COVID, Shanghai residents, at the hands of China’s Zero-Covid policy, were being subjected to unprecedented neglect, mistreatment and abuse, with videos leaked on social media confirming blatant violations of human rights.

Taiwan’s request to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer was excluded from the conference for the sixth consecutive year in 2022, as the Chinese government has been blocking Taiwan’s representation.

China was not transparent when it came to the COVID crisis, the way it handled it and the way it only cared about its own interests.

Taiwan, on the other hand, was able to handle the COVID crisis better than others and was also much more transparent about the challenges it faced, so Taiwan has been highly appreciated in this context, say the experts

(With ANI tickets)



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