New infectious disease claims 7 lives, infects 60 in China

Henrietta Strickland
August 10, 2020

In an official media statement on Wednesday, the Chinese Government declared that a new infectious tick-borne disease caused by SFTS virus has infected 60 and killed seven people in China. This revelation has certainly filled the heart of Chinese people with trepidation. Later, 23 folks had been discovered to have been contaminated in East China's Anhui province, state-run World Occasions quoted media reviews.

More than 37 individuals in East China's Jiangsu Province contracted with the SFTS Virus in the very first half of the year.

A lady from Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu, who suffered from the virus confirmed onset of signs corresponding to fever, coughing. Doctors discovered a decrease of leukocyte, blood platelet within her body.

She has since been discharged.

Virologists think that the infection might have been handed down to human beings by ticks which the virus can be sent in between human beings, it stated.

Specialists from China warn the population about the spread of a risky SFTS virus, which may be lethal, the Chinese newspaper Global Times informs.

While the infection is primarily transmitted through tick bites, transition between humans cannot be excluded, Sheng Jifang, a doctor from a hospital under Zhejiang University, told the Global Times, explaining that it could be passed through blood or mucous. Therefore, as long as people stay alert and conscious, there's no need to raise any panic among the population.

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