Another Virus Spreads Across East China

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After the Coronavirus, China is under the attack of another infectious disease. This virus has already spread to many cities in China. So far, seven people have died while 60 are still infected.


According to Global Times, dozens of people have contracted this virus in Jiangsu and Anhui province of East China. This disease spreads by the bite of a tick. It is called Tick-Borne Virus.
Fever, coughing is the early symptoms of this disease. But, the major problem with this infection is the decline of leukocyte, blood platelet inside the patient’s body.


The actual name of this virus is Huaiyangshan bunyavirus. However, it is commonly known as SFTS virus. Jiangsu Province reported 37 cases of this infection. While in Anhui 23 people have contacted with this virus. Seven people have died till now.


Moreover, this virus is not new. In 2011, China isolated this virus. It belongs to the Bunyavirus category. Virologists believe that the infection passes on to humans by ticks. And there can be human to human transmission.


The mortality rate of an extreme case of tick virus is 30%. According to reports after research from China’s Information System for Disease Control and Prevention, the fatality rate of this virus is 10-16%.


Sheng Jiefang, a doctor from Zhejiang University, says that the virus transmits to others via blood or mucous. There is a possibility of human-to-human transmission. This virus can prove dangerous during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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