In several regions of China, a new dangerous virus is spreading, which has already been called SFTS. This is reported by the Global Times newspaper, on Saturday, August 8.
“More than 37 people in Jiangsu province in eastern China contracted this virus – SFTS Virus in the first half of the year; and later, 23 people with the infection were found in Anhui province in eastern China, ”the article says.
At least seven people died. As symptoms of the virus, doctors record fever, cough, a decrease in leukocytes and platelets.
Doctors believe that this virus is transmitted mainly through tick bites, but the possibility of transmission of infection from person to person cannot be ruled out.
Virologists explained that the causative agent of this disease was discovered nine years ago and belongs to the family of Bunyaviruses, which infect vertebrates, arthropods and plants.
In early July, it became known that an outbreak of a disease very genetically close to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus occurred in China eight years ago , as a result of infection three people died.
In late June, Chinese scientists discovered a previously unknown strain of swine flu that could trigger a new pandemic. At the same time, the World Health Organization believes that this strain is a type of the 2016 Eurasian swine flu, which is similar to bird flu.