Zoonotic Langya virus has been found in China. 35 people have so far been found infected. The test results of 25 wild animal species suggest that the shrew (a small insectivorous mammal resembling a mouse) might be a natural source of the Langya henipavirus.

Taipei would establish a nucleic acid testing method to identify the virus & monitor it. 2% of the tested goats and 5% of the tested dogs were positive. The virus is transmitted from animal to human. CDC is yet to establish if it can spread from human to human.

   

Zoonotic Langya virus found in China; 35 people, several animals infected

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Zoonotic Langya virus has been found in China. 35 people have so far been found infected. The test results of 25 wild animal species suggest that the shrew (a small insectivorous mammal resembling a mouse) might be a natural source of the Langya henipavirus.

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The Langya henipavirus which has been found in China's Shandong and Henan provinces and can be transmitted from animals to humans, reported Taipei Times.

Moreover, a study titled "A Zoonotic Henipavirus in Febrile Patients in China" that was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday said that a new henipavirus associated with a fever-causing human illness was identified in China.

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

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

Taiwan's request to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer was excluded from the conference for the sixth straight 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 was managing it and the way it was only concerned about its own interests.

Taiwan, on the other hand, was able to manage the COVID crisis better than others and it was also much more transparent about the challenges it was facing so there has been a lot of appreciation of Taiwan in that context, experts say.