Fear is rife on social media as China has detected a new virus called Langya.
Langya henipavirus (LayV) has been detected in 35 patients across eastern China and is believed to be transmitted through rodents, particularly rodents.
The virus was discovered earlier this month and patients have flu-like symptoms including fever, fatigue and cough.
The situation looks very familiar as COVID-19 began in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province and quickly spread around the world.
Now, people fear that this could be the start of another global pandemic and Twitter has been flooded with lame memes.
Langa floods twitter
Right now at breaking point:
The world was just getting back to normal:
So tired of this:
Toddlers’ lives have never been normal.
Yes, this is bad.
When will it end:
The whole world right now:
Forget Monkeypox, Langya is here:
You have to laugh or you will cry:
Please give us pause:
Work from home employees now:
‘No need to panic’
Langya was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine on 2 August and researcher Wang Linfa told the Global Times that “there is no need to panic”.
However, we should be “cautious” because only 35 cases have been detected, but the LayV virus can easily jump from animals to humans.
The scientists found Langya in 27% of the tests tested, 5% of dogs and 2% of goats, which means that the henipavirus is already spreading to the animals.
As Bloomberg reports, most of the patients are farmers who are experiencing fatigue, cough, loss of appetite and pain.
However, there is no evidence that it can be transmitted from person to person at this time and further investigation is needed.
Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control said it was “looking into” the medical reports and plans to launch an investigation into the virus.