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Abdominal Pain in Langya Henipavirus and Severity of Infection: A Report

Sookaromdee, Pathum; Wiwanitkit, Viroj1

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Hail Journal of Health Sciences 5(1):p 36, Jan–Jun 2023. | DOI: 10.4103/hjhs.hjhs_12_23
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Dear Editor,

The most recent viral infectious disease is typically one of the most fascinating topics. As a result of fresh viral infections, there have been recurring problems in the recent years. In 2022, a brand-new viral infection known as the “Langya Henipavirus” first surfaced.[1,2] The Chinese cities where this new virus was found have a high patient population. Even if the specific method of transmission is unknown, zoonosis seems to be a possibility.

Clinical medicine has little information on the clinical symptoms of a recent infection. Some patients’ platelet counts may be low, and hemorrhagic presentation is an intriguing issue.[1,2] A variety of medical diseases can cause abdominal pain, which is a frequent clinical sign. The authors examine what is known about the symptoms of reported Langya Henipavirus infections that include abdominal pain. The predicted range (95% confidence interval [CI]) of abdominal pain rate in severe (hospitalized) and nonsevere cases is established and compared using the data from 26 currently accessible cases[1,2] [Table 1]. 7.7% of patients (with a 95% CI of 1.3%−25.4%) involve abdominal pain. In severe cases, the likelihood of experiencing abdominal pain is much higher (proportional z-test, P = 0.05).

Table 1:
The predicted (95% confidence interval) difference in the abdominal pain rate in hospitalized and nonhospitalized severe cases

Although the specific etiology of the new disease’s stomach pain is unknown, it could result from a variety of immunological or nonimmune factors. According to the current studies, abdominal pain may be a sign of a serious illness. To confirm this finding, more study is required. Check to see if the patient has Langya henipavirus infection. An sickness could start with an abdominal ache.

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1. Mallapaty S. New 'Langya'virus identified in China:What scientists know so Far. Nature 2022;608:656–7.
2. Zhang XA, Li H, Jiang FC, Zhu F, Zhang YF, Chen JJ, et al. Azoonotic henipavirus in febrile patients in China. N Engl J Med 2022;387:470–2.
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