Known as the Langya Henipavirus, or "Langya", 35 people have so far become infected across China's Shandong and Henan provinces.

According to Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC), so far no one has died or suffered a serious illness, the Taipei Times reports.

But given that the virus is from the Henipavirus family, it could potentially be fatal.

That is because the two other viruses from this family,

Hendra virus and Nipah virus, can have fatality rates of up to 75 percent in severe cases, according to the World Health Organisation.

Up to 26 of those infected with the virus that is reportedly passed on from shrews appear to be suffering from flu-like symptoms.

These include fever, tiredness, cough, headache, and vomiting.

Other abnormalities included deficiency of blood platelets, a loss of white cells, as well as impaired liver and reduced kidney function.