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Dozens of shrews in China infected with wolf tooth virus

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Dozens of people in China infected with a new virus This also occurs in shrews, but so far there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission, the report said.

According to this month’s New England Journal of Medicine .

The virus is known as the wolf tooth virus or LayV, and patients report symptoms including fever, fatigue, cough, nausea and headaches .

Some people also reported abnormal blood cells and impaired liver and kidney function.

The results suggest that shrew may be the natural host of pathogens.

“No close or common contacts have been reported in the patient’s medical history, which suggests that infection in the population may be sporadic. “

But it also warned that its sample size was “too small to determine the status of human-to-human transmission of LayV.”

Most of the patients were farmers, and the cases were identified with the help of a detection system for acute fever and animal contact history, it added Say.

Researchers from China, Singapore and Australia who worked on the paper say further investigation is needed to better understand the link between the virus and the virus related diseases.

Singapore Duke-NUS Medical School Wang Linfa told Chinese that so far, there have been no cases of wolf tooth virus Fatal or very serious. State media Global Times

Wang is one of the researchers involved in writing the paper.

According to the World Health Organization, a zoonotic disease is an animal disease that is transmitted to humans, accounting for the and a large proportion of existing diseases.

Some are preventable by vaccination, while others mutate into human-only strains or cause recurring outbreaks s.

More information: Zhang Xiaoai et al., Zoonotic Henipavirus in Chinese Fever Patients, New England Journal of Medicine (2022). DOI: 10.1056/NEJMc2202705

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