Concern about a new virus in China. Another zoonosis worries the planet. While the threat of Covid-19 still persists and the appearance of monkey pox is far from contained, a new virus is on the horizon.
Last week researchers from China and Singapore have warned of a new strain of a virus of animals with pandemic potentialcalled Langya henipavirus, which is believed to have affected 35 people.
Given the alert raised and based on the “limited information currently available”, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) indicates that the risk of infection for EU citizens in Europe is considered “very low”, reports Europa Press.
Likewise, it says the risk to EU citizens visiting or residing in China’s Shandong and Henan provinces, where the virus has been reported, is also considered “very low”.
However, he warns that “the detection of this virus of the genus Henipavirus has not been previously described, so this highlights the continuing risk of emergence of (new) pathogens.”
The virus was identified through sentinel surveillance of febrile cases with a history of recent animal exposure in eastern China. Between April 2018 and August 2021, 35 patients with acute LayV infection in the Chinese provinces of Shandong and Henan.
On the other hand, veteran emerging infectious disease scientist Linfa Wang, who was part of the research team, in a CNN report, assured that while the new virus was unlikely to evolve into “another “Disease X” event, such as a previously unknown pathogen triggering an epidemic or pandemic, “demonstrates that such secondary zoonotic events occur more frequently than we realize or know.”
In addition, emerging virus expert Leo Poon, a professor at the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health, said: “We grossly underestimate the number of these zoonotic cases globally, and this ( Langya virus) is just the tip of the iceberg”.
The majority (85%) of the cases for which information on occupation is available were farmers.
The symptoms they had caused by the infection were as follows: fever, fatigue, cough, anorexia, myalgia, nausea, headache and vomiting.