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Another Virus Spread In China? 'Tick-Borne Virus' Has Left Atleast 7 Dead and 60 Infected

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Shreya Chauhan
Shreya ChauhanUpdated on Aug 06, 2020, 11:47 IST

People around the world are still trying to deal with coronavirus which is considered to have originated in China’s Wuhan market. But even as the world struggles with COVID-19, a new infectious disease seem to be spreading in China.?

The disease is reportedly caused by a tick-borne virus and has killed seven people and infected 60 others in China, media there reported on Wednesday.?

Tick on a man Representational Image/Wang Hu

People have been warned of the possibility of a human-to-human transmission.?

More than 37 people in East China’s Jiangsu Province contracted the SFTS Virus in the first half of the year; 23 more people were found to have been infected in East China’s Anhui province, state-run Global Times quoted media reports.

A woman from Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu, who suffered from this tick-borne virus showed symptoms such as fever and coughing. Doctors found a decline of leukocyte, blood platelet in her body. She was discharged from the hospital, after a month of treatment.?

Seven reported deaths have occurred in Anhui and East China’s Zhejiang province due to the virus. However, SFTS Virus is not a new virus. China isolated the pathogen in 2011, and it belongs to the Bunyavirus category.

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Ticks on a person Representational Image/Twitter/@EhrlichPest

According to virologists the infection may have been passed on to humans by ticks and the virus can be transmitted between humans. However according to Insider Paper report, concern of human-to-human transmission is not much as the virus is not air borne.?

According to Sheng Jifang, a doctor from the first affiliated hospital under Zhejiang University, the possibility of human-to-human transmission could not be excluded; patients can pass the virus to others via blood or mucous.

Tick bite is a major transmission source, doctors warn. According to the report, as long as people are cautious there is no need to panic.?

After the breakout of coronavirus, when a man in China passed away from Hantavirus, people panicked again. According to Global Times, the man passed away after contracting the virus while he was on his way back to Shandong Province on a chartered bus.

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However, there was nothing to worry about. Hantavirus is not a new virus but it has been around for several years now.

Unlike the novel pandemic coronavirus, hantavirus is not airborne. It is not a communicable virus and does not get transmitted from human to human. This virus usually only infects rodents and human beings can get infected if they come in contact with rodent urine, feces or saliva.?

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