Langya-Henipavirus (LayV).

Here is the name of a new virus discovered in China and announced by Taiwan.

According to a recent study, its pathogen resembles that of the coronavirus and leads to organ failure.

In addition, it would be transmitted from animals to humans, report the Swiss newspaper


and the

Taipei Times


The deputy director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Taiwan reportedly said on Sunday that 35 people had already been infected.

Patients would present with high fever, cough, loss of appetite and great exhaustion.

Some would also have liver or kidney failure.

Dogs and goats, main carriers

Like the coronavirus, “LayV” would belong to the paramyxovirus family and would be transmitted mainly by droplets.

Dogs and goats are believed to be the main carriers of the virus, but mice could be as well.

The 35 infected people would not have had any contact between them and nothing, for the moment, allows to prove a transmission from man to man.

Similarly, no deaths were reported.

Taiwan does not yet want to sound the alarm on this new virus, explain our colleagues.

Especially since no test can, for the moment, detect infections in humans and a possible spread.


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