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New virus in China, Langya infects dozens of people

New virus in China, Langya infects dozens of people

Scientists are tracking a new, animal-derived virus in eastern China that has infected at least several dozen people.

Langya (LayV) was found in 35 patients in Shandong and Henan provinces. Many of them had symptoms such as fever, fatigue and cough.

They are thought to have gotten the virus from animals. There is no evidence so far that LayV can be transmitted between humans.

The researchers discovered the virus mainly in the female gender. One of the researchers, Wang Linfa, said that the LayV cases found so far have not been fatal or very serious, so there is "no need to panic".

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said scientists estimate that three out of every four new or emerging infectious diseases in humans come from animals.

The United Nations has previously warned that the world will see more such diseases with increased wildlife exploitation and climate change.

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