Splashy of the Tick-Borne Virus in China, Can it Be Transmitted Between Humans?

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – It’s not over the pandemic Covid-19 triggered by the corona virus, news related to the disease outbreak came back from China. This is due to the outbreak of the tick-borne virus that causes SFTS (Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome) which is transmitted by ticks.

As reported by The Indian Times, Saturday (8/8/2020), state media Global Times reported 70 people died and 60 people were treated for the disease. SFTS has plagued Jiangsu Province, East China, and Anhui Province.

Sheng Jifang, a doctor from the hospital under Zhejiang University warned there was the possibility of human-to-human transmission. Patients can pass the virus to other people through blood or mucus. Even so, he warned flea bites were the main mode of transmission.

“As long as people are careful, there is no need to panic over the spread of the virus,” said Jifang.

Photo: Infographic / Virus from China / Edward Ricardo
INFOGRAPHIC, Tick Borne, New Virus Outbreak from China

Here are the facts about SFTS:

Since 2011
This virus has long been found in China, namely 2009. Not only China, SFTS has also been endemic in Japan and Korea. The Chinese government had isolated this pathogen in 2011.

Lice bites
SFTS is generally transmitted by tick bites. According to a 2015 study, there are several species of ticks that are thought to be carriers of the SFTS virus, among others Haemaphyalis longicornis and Haemaphyalis campanulata. These fleas are commonly found in dogs, cats, sheep, and cows.

The initial symptoms of the virus are fever and cough. Patients usually have chills, lose appetite, experience vomiting, diarrhea, and bleeding in the gums. Patients who are in severe condition will experience a decrease in leukocytes and platelets in the body.

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