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A new type of animal-derived Henipavirus has been found in China's Shandong and Henan provinces with 35 human infections reported so far.
Aiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said. It can be transmitted from animals to humans, reported Taipei Times.
The Langya virus was found in throat swab samples from febrile patients in eastern China, state-run Global Times quoted media reports.
Taiwan's CDC Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang earlier said that according to a study, human-to-human transmission of the virus has not been reported.
However at the same time he said that CDC has yet to determine whether the virus can be transmitted among humans and cautioned people to pay close attention to further updates about the virus.
Langya virus is a newly detected virus and therefore, Taiwan's laboratories will require a standardized nucleic acid testing method to identify the virus, so that human infections could be monitored, if needed, Chuang added.