Health officials monitoring new virus in Eastern China

    CMO Dr. Roshan Parasram

    Local health officials are keeping an eye on a new, animal-derived virus in Eastern China that has infected 35 persons.

    According to BBC News, the The Langya henipavirus left patients with symptoms such as fever, fatigue and a cough.

    They are thought to have contracted the virus from animals, predominantly shrews, and there is no evidence so far of human to human transmission.

    Speaking at a media briefing today, Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram confirmed that T&T is aware of the new virus and is monitoring.

    One researcher who highlighted the virus in the New England Journal of Medicine, Wang Linfa said there is “no need to panic” as the cases found so far have not been fatal or very serious.