The Mengla virus (MLAV) is an enveloped, filamentous virus of the Filoviridae family. The genetic match with other known filoviruses is only 32 % to 54 %. Hence, the virus was assigned to a genus of its own: Dianlovirus.
Mengla viruses have been identified in Rousettus bats in the Chinese province of Yunnan and are classified between the Ebola virus and the Marburg virus. Due to many functional similarities to Ebola and Marburg viruses, research is currently underway (as of 2019) to determine whether there are risks of cross-species transmission and whether the Mengla virus can also trigger haemorrhagic fever, which may result in bleeding and damage to internal organs.
To date, transmission of the Mengla virus to humans or species other than fruit bats has not been observed.
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