A virus known as “langya virus” or LayV has been found in China. This virus, which is said to be a novel one, has infected 35 people so far, state-run media, Global Times reported.
Citing a research article published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) by scientists from China and Singapore, the media report says, “A new type of animal-derived Henipavirus (also named Langya henipavirus, LayV) that can infect humans has been found in East China’s Shandong Province and Central China’s Henan Province, and has so far infected 35 people in the two provinces.”
The research article titled “A Zoonotic Henipavirus in Febrile Patients in China” says, “In this report, investigators in China identified a new henipavirus associated with a febrile human illness. This virus was also found in shrews.”