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    What is the tick-borne virus spreading in China?

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    ​A new virus
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    ​A new virus

    SFTS Virus is not a new virus. China isolated the pathogen of the virus in 2011, and it belongs to the Bunyavirus category. Virologists believe that the infection may have been passed on to humans by ticks and that the virus can be transmitted between humans.

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    ​Human-to-human transmission
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    ​Human-to-human transmission

    Caused by a tick-borne virus, it has killed seven people and infected 60 others in China, official media reported on Wednesday, warning about the possibility of its human-to-human transmission.

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    ​Deaths on the rise
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    ​Deaths on the rise

    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 found to have been infected in East China's Anhui province, state-run Global Times quoted media reports.

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    ​Similar symptoms
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    ​Similar symptoms

    A woman from Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu, who suffered from the virus showed onset of symptoms such as fever, coughing. Doctors found a decline of leukocyte, blood platelet inside of her body. After a month of treatment, she was discharged from the hospital.

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    ​Constant vigilance
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    ​Constant vigilance

    Sheng Jifang, a doctor from the first affiliated hospital under Zhejiang University, said that the possibility of human-to-human transmission could not be excluded; patients can pass the virus to others via blood or mucous. Doctors warned that tick bite is the major transmission route, as long as people remain cautious, there's no need to panic over such virus contagion.

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