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New Langya virus found in China could be ‘tip of the iceberg’ for undiscovered pathogens, researchers say

CNN

Updated 0755 GMT (1555 HKT) August 12, 2022

Hong Kong (CNN) More surveillance is needed of a new virus detected in dozens of people in eastern China that may not cause the next pandemic but suggests just how easily viruses can travel unnoticed from animals to humans, scientists say.

The virus, dubbed Langya henipavirus, infected nearly three dozen farmers and other residents, according to a team of scientists who believe it may have spread directly or indirectly to people from shrews — small mole-like mammals found in a wide variety of habitats.