Chinese doctors have warned about the spread in several regions of the threat of the SFTS virus, which can lead to death. For the first half of this year, China had identified more than 60 cases, including seven dead, according to the newspaper Global Times.
Experts say that the virus is transmitted mainly through tick bites. This is not to exclude the possibility of transmission of the virus from person to person. It can spread through the blood or pus, says virologist Sheng Zifan from the hospital at Zhejiang University.
More than 60 percent of cases of infection of SFTS was in Jiangsu province in Eastern China, and the rest in the neighboring provinces of Anhui and Zhejiang. In infected there is increased temperature, cough and also reducing the level of leukocytes in the blood and formation of platelets.
According to Chinese virologists, the causative agent of this disease was discovered in 2011 and it belongs to the family Bunyaviridae, affecting vertebrates, arthropods, and plants. Doctors urge the public not to panic, and have to pay attention to hygiene.