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Virus discovered in China carried by shrews unlikely to become the next COVID, scientists suggest

  • A new virus discovered in eastern China has infected at least 35 people between 2018 and 2021.
  • The pathogen, identified as the Langya henipavirus, or LayV, is believed to be carried by shrews and causes fever, coughs, headaches, nausea and other symptoms in humans.
  • Scientists involved in the first research into LayV did not find a link between the 35 cases, which suggests there is no human-to-human transmission.
  • While the virus is not expected to cause another epidemic or pandemic, the scientists’ findings shed light on the frequency of zoonotic spillovers.

A virus recently discovered in eastern China is unlikely to cause another pandemic, according to scientists involved in its research.

The pathogen, identified as the Langya henipavirus, has so far infected 35 people in Shandong and Henan provinces from 2018 to 2021. The first case reportedly involved a 53-year-old Qingdao city farmer who sought medical treatment for a fever, cough, headaches and nausea.

Controversial Wilmington police sergeant being investigated for ‘China virus’ Facebook post

  • A Wilmington police sergeant is under investigation after posting an anti-Asian comment on Facebook.
  • The police sergeant, Stephanie Castellani, posted to a Middletown neighborhood Facebook page labeling COVID-19 as “the China virus.”
  • Castellani has a history of posting inflammatory claims on Facebook where she once suggested that 9/11 was organized by the U.S. government and spread false information about COVID-19.
  • The Wilmington Police Department has been facing scrutiny for allegedly being a hostile work environment towards minority officers.
  • Residents of Wilmington expressed their disdain over Castellani’s behavior and condemned the 20-year police veteran for having a poor understanding of the community.

A Wilmington police sergeant is facing an internal investigation after she posted an anti-Asian Facebook post to a local neighborhood page that referred to COVID-19 as the “China virus.”

Stephanie Castellani, a 20-year police veteran, uploaded a post to a Middletown neighborhood Facebook page that labeled COVID-19 as the “China virus,” reported Delaware Online. In the post, she allegedly wrote, “And just like that… the CHINNNA VIRUS miraculously disappeared.”

China’s Mysterious Coronavirus Has Reached the United States


The first case of coronavirus — a respiratory disease first reported in Wuhan, China where six people died and at least 200 people have been infected — has made its way to the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Tuesday.

Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said that a male patient in his 30s was being treated at Snohomish County, Washington, a two-hour drive north of Seattle.

China Suffers From Mystery Virus Outbreak After 59 People Fall Ill


Chinese health officials have officially ruled out Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), bird flu, and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) as dozens of people in central China are infected by mysterious viral pneumonia.

A total of 59 people have been affected by the virus in Wuhan, Hebei province, China, according to the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission on Sunday night via The Straits Times. Seven patients are reportedly in critical condition.

Bay Area Boy Mysteriously Dies From Common Virus

A 9-year-old boy in Milpitas, California died after contracting a common infection among children, baffling his parents and some doctors who now call for a public health investigation.

Tristan Michael Ang passed away at an intensive care unit on June 28, six days after “a mild summer bug” began to present more serious signs and symptoms, including confusion, forgetfulness and terrible headaches.

French Company Injects 733,000 Filipino Children With Potentially Dangerous Virus Vaccine

The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) is on high alert after French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur announced that its first-ever approved Dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, has potentially adverse effects.

The analysis confirmed that Dengvaxia provides persistent protective benefit against dengue fever in those who had prior infection. For those not previously infected by dengue virus, however, the analysis found that in the longer term, more cases of severe disease could occur following vaccination upon a subsequent dengue infection, the company wrote in its announcement on Nov. 29.