When and How Was the Langya Virus Identified?
In August 2022, scientists in China published a letter in the New England Journal of Medicine titled, “A Zoonotic Henipavirus in Febrile Patients in China.” They discuss the new Langya henipavirus discovered during routine surveillance of patients with a fever who have regular contact with animals.
Most of the patients infected with LayV were farmers. The researchers used metagenomic analysis to figure out that they were dealing with a new virus. Metagenomic analysis is a genetic analysis conducted on samples retrieved from the environment or, in this case, patients.
In the article, the authors elaborate that the virus is related to the Mojiang henipavirus, another virus from the Paramyxoviridae family .