A new virus has appeared in China that threatens to spread a new epidemic caused by a virus transmitted by ticks, which has killed seven people and infected 60 others in China, warning of the possibility of transmission from one person to another.
A woman from Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu, who suffered from the new virus known as “SFTS” and belongs to the Bunia family, showed symptoms such as fever and coughing.
Doctors found a decrease in the number of white blood cells and blood platelets inside her body, and after a month of treatment, she was discharged from the hospital, and later at least seven people died in Anhui and Zhejiang Province, east China, due to the new virus, according to Al Watan newspaper.
In 2011, China isolated the pathogen of the virus, and it belongs to the category of the Bunia virus, and virologists believe that the infection may have been transmitted to humans through ticks and that the virus can be transmitted between humans and cause viral hemorrhagic fever, according to the “Zee Business” website.
Sheng Jifang, a doctor from the first hospital affiliated with Zhejiang University, said that the possibility of transmission from one person to another cannot be ruled out, as patients can transmit the virus to others through blood or mucous membranes, and he also warned that a tick bite is the main route of transmission of the disease.
Three years ago, 16 people became infected after touching the body of a person who died of the disease, and the patient was reported to have bleeding due to severe infection.
Sheng said that family members and medical staff should be careful, and people should stay away from the bush or bushes to avoid ticks.
It was reported that the tick-borne virus could cause a local epidemic.
According to the Taiwan CDC, the new “SFTS” virus has a death rate of 10%.
While Sheng said the death rate ranges between 1-5%, and the elderly are most at risk of dying.
The incubation period of the disease extends from 7 to 14 days, and most importantly, there is no vaccine or drugs that can target the virus.
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