New infectious diseases caused by the tick-borne virus killed seven people and infected 60 others in China, the official media announced here on Wednesday, warning of the risk of their 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. Later, 23 people were reported to have been contaminated in East China’s Anhui province, according to media reports released by the state-run Global Times.
A woman from Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu, who suffered from the virus displayed symptoms such as fever, coughing. Doctors found a decline in leukocyte, a blood platelet within her body. She was released from the hospital after a month of treatment. At least seven people died from the virus in Anhui and East China’s Zhejiang province, the study said.
SFTS is not a new virus. China isolated the virus pathogen in 2011 and belongs to the Bunyavirus family. Virologists suspect that the infection may have been transmitted to humans by ticks and that the virus could be transmitted between humans, he said. Doctors warned that tick bite is the primary route of transmission, as long as people remain vigilant, there is no need to worry about the contagion of the virus.