Saturday 08 August 2020
A deadly virus has appeared in China, killing seven people, in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic that has killed thousands.
At least 60 people have been diagnosed with a syndrome caused by the new Bunia virus, which is a highly contagious disease that is transmitted by ticks and can be transmitted from one person to another through blood or mucus, and causes a viral hemorrhagic fever, according to “Russia Today”.
The patients, all of them in eastern China, suffer from high fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS), which is a medical term describing low platelets in the blood, which could be fatal if not caught early, according to infectious disease experts.
Early symptoms of the virus, which was first detected in 2009 in rural China, could include fatigue, fever and rashes. The latest outbreak is believed to have started in April, with dozens of cases in neighboring Jiangsu and Anhui provinces.
A 65-year-old tea farmer in Jiangsu recently developed a fever of 40 degrees Celsius and a persistent cough.
She was diagnosed with thrombocytopenia syndrome, the 37th confirmed case at the county hospital.
The virus can be transmitted from infected animals or people to others via blood, respiratory tract and wounds, infectious disease expert Sheng Jifang told the Chinese government newspaper.
Three years ago, 16 people became infected after touching the body of a person who died from the disease. The patient was reported to have bleeding due to a severe infection.
Cheng said family members and medical staff should be careful, and people should stay away from bushes or bushes to avoid ticks.
It was reported that the tick-borne virus could cause a local epidemic.
According to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the death rate for the new Bunia virus is 10%.
While Cheng said the death rate ranges between 1-5%, and the elderly are most at risk of death.
The incubation period extends from 7 to 14 days. Most importantly, there is no vaccine or drugs that can target the virus.
“The early symptoms are fatigue and fever, and sometimes there is a rash,” he said. It was found that patients had lower amounts of platelets and white blood cells.
People with mild cases usually recover on their own. And those with severe infections may suffer from organ failure.
The Global Times reports that infections discovered in eastern China have so far been caused by tick bites.
Taiwan reported its first-ever case of thrombocytopenia in November of last year after a man in his 1970s developed a fever and vomiting and had not traveled abroad.