‘Legacy’ virus – there’s a bat virus with a 40% fatality rate

At the beginning of this century, the shadow of bats shrouded human heads. From SARS in 2003 to the new coronavirus that is still circulating today, all originated from bats. These viruses have caused huge damage to humans. The loss of life, especially the new coronavirus, has directly killed 6.4 million people, and now, an article published in the New England Journal has once again attracted attention to bat-related viruses, which highlights the discovery in Shandong and China. A new virus in Henan – Langya virus.

This virus belongs to the existing genus Henipavirus, which is a kind of virus parasitic in bats. Some of them can be transmitted to humans through direct or indirect transmission. The main symptoms Fever, fatigue, cough, anorexia, muscle pain, nausea, headache, etc., mild patients can be improved and cured after a certain effective treatment, but some patients may become life-threatening or even die when their condition worsens.

This type of virus is not a new virus. It has been distributed and reported in some countries as early as 28 years ago. The main epidemic areas include Australia, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, etc. So far So far, there have been less than 1,000 infected cases, but the fatality rate is as high as 40%-75%. This is the first time it has been discovered in China.

An important principle for preventing this type of virus infection is to try not to come into contact with bats and other animals that may transmit the virus, and try to cook and eat anything that the suspected infected animal has come into contact with, especially food. , there is no evidence of human-to-human transmission.