Amid coronavirus pandemic new tick-borne virus kills 7, infects over 60 people in China

A new strain of a tick-borne SFTS virus has been reported to have infected more than 60 people, killed 7 in East China’s Jiangsu Province Anhui province, warning about the possibility of its human-to-human transmission.

The Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS) is not a new virus. China has isolated pathogen of the virus in 2011, and it belongs to the Bunyavirus category.

Virologists believe that the infection may have been passed on to humans by ticks and that the virus.

A woman from Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu, who suffered from the virus showed onset of symptoms such as fever, coughing. Doctors found a decline of leukocyte, blood platelet inside of her body.

After a month of treatment, she was discharged from the hospital.

The virus can pass through exchange of mucous or blood.

The  common clinical symptoms of SFTS include fever, low platelet count, low white blood cell count and gastrointestinal symptoms. It can be accompanied by several other symptoms, which include muscular symptoms, neurological abnormalities and coagulopathy.

SFTS usually spreads between March to November in rural parts of China, South Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Taiwan.

Experts have asked people to be cautions and not panic.