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Tick-Borne virus emerges in China, 67 people infected, 7 dead

Another virus seems to be spreading in China caused by tick bites, another shocking discovery which experts have warned that the virus can be transmitted from person to person.

Previous findings showed the virus can be transmitted from infected animals or people to others via blood.


While most nations are still fighting COVID-19, the Chinese daily 'Global Times' has reported a total of 37 people in East China's Jiangsu Province have been diagnosed with severe fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome Bunyavirus or SFTSV this year.


According to reports, the tick-borne virus has already infected close to 67 people and killed at least 7. In Lu'an in East China's Anhui Province recorded five deaths and 23 people were hospitalized since April to July. While other province like Qingdao in East China's Shandong also reported four deaths.


Authorities have said that the SFTS Virus is not new virus which was first reported in 2009, pathogens of this virus has been isolated which belong to the Bunyavirus category. 



However, this virus has no vaccine or specific medicine targeting the infection.


"The early symptoms are fatigue and fever; sometimes there will be a rash," Dr. Sheng, an expert on the novel bunya virus and director of the infectious disease department told the news outlet.


In the case of a Chinese woman from Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu - who suffered from the virus and manifested onset of symptoms such as fever and coughing. Doctors also found a decline in leukocyte count, as well as low platelet count in her blood. 


After a month of treatment, the woman was discharged from the hospital. But the virus has reportedly killed at least seven people in Anhui and East China's Zhejiang Province.  

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