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New Health Threat: Infectious Disease caused by Tick-Borne Virus

China is now facing a new health threat called SFTS, Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome, caused by a tick-borne virus.

As the world continues to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, China is now facing a new health threat that has killed seven (7) and infected at least sixty (60), setting off alarm bells among health officials in the country.

The authorities have already warned people of possible human-to-human transmission of the disease as scientists and medical experts believe the infection has been transmitted from ticks to humans.

SFTS virus is not a new virus. China was isolated from the pathogen of the virus in 2011, and it belongs to the Bunyavirus category.

A doctor from the first affiliated hospital under Zhejiang University, Sheng Jifang said, the human-to-human transmission could not be excluded; patients can pass the virus to others via blood or mucous. Doctors also warned that tick bites are the major mission route, as long as people remain cautious, there’s no need to cover panic over virus contagion.

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