A team of scientists has identified a new type of genipavirus in China that has already infected at least 35 people, the Chinese publication Pengpai reported.
The study was conducted by Chinese and Singaporean scientists who published an article in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). It said that the new genipavirus was named “Lanja”.
“Thirty-five patients infected with Langya henipavirus (LayV) have been identified in the Chinese provinces of Shandong and Henan,” Pengpai wrote.
Symptoms of infection with the new virus include fever, fatigue, cough, anorexia, myalgia, nausea and vomiting. According to scientists, “Lanja” is similar to the Nipah virus, but so far, cases of infection have not been fatal or very serious.
“So we can say that we should be vigilant about this new virus, but not panic,” the publication quoted Wang Linf, a professor of medicine at the National University of Singapore, as saying.
It has not yet been possible to determine whether Lanja is transmitted from person to person. In the animal world, the virus has most often been detected in shrews, and antibodies to it have also been found in goats and dogs.