Tick-borne virus: New virus in China infects 67 people, kills 7

  • Tick-borne virus: New virus in China infects 67 people, kills 7

Tick-borne virus: New virus in China infects 67 people, kills 7

Later, 23 people were found to have been infected in China's Anhui province, state run Global Times cited media reports.

Recent reports revealed that a woman from Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu, had contracted the SFTS virus infection and showed symptoms such as fever and coughing. After several months of treatment in a hospital, she recovered from the illness and discharged.

The contagious virus, which is transmitted through tick bites, is said to be spreading across East China at an alarming rate, according to local media.

A doctor from the first affiliated hospital under Zhejiang University, Sheng Jifang said that the possibility of human-to-human transmission can not be ignored as those already infected may pass it on to others through blood or mucous. SFTS Virus is not a novel virus. The pathogen of the virus was first isolated in 2011 and it belongs to the category of Bunyavirus. The infected patient can spread the virus to others. It also warned about its possibility of human-to-human transmission. "This is what they want to say:" In the past decades, there has been a significant increase in severe fever and thrombocytopenia syndrome cases in East Asia".

China reported 37 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for August 5, up from 27 a day earlier, the country's health commission said on Thursday. Till now, the virus has been traced in parts of China, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Taiwan. Presently, a global collaborative approach against SFTSV infection is being adopted; however, the need for continuous disease monitoring and effective vaccine production is essential because this virus may cause an irreversible epidemic in humans and animals, NCBI reported. In a study conducted in the year 2015, scientists found four species of ticks, H longicornis, R microplus, H campanulata and D sinicus in dogs, cats, sheep and cattle which acted as a reservoir for SFTS virus.

The mortality rate of the virus varies from six percent to 30 percent.