Tick-borne virus: All you need to know about the disease that has killed 7 in China
Belonging to the Bunyavirus category, China isolated the pathogen of the virus first in 2011. First identified in China, the virus has also been reported in Japan and Korea.
Beijing: A new tick-borne virus has killed seven and infected 60 others, Chinese media reported, warning about the imminent possibility of human-to-human transmission.
More than 37 people in East China’s Jiangsu province contracted the SFTS Virus in the first half of year 2020. Later, 23 people were found infected in East China’s
Anhui province, Global Times quoted media reports. (See link for article)_____________________**Comment**While the world is fixated on COVID, there are other viruses that are deadly, and SFTS is one of them.Important points:
- Symptoms include fever, coughing, thrombocytopenia (low platelets), leukcytopenia (love white blood cells), neurological issues and gastrointestinal disorders.
- SFTS has a 30% fatality rate.
- The Asian Longhorned tick appears to be the culprit which is now spreading across the U.S. ,despite the weather, by migrating birds.
- They don’t know if human to human transmission occurs.
- Since this was first isolated in 2011 you would think we would have better answers for something that kills 30% of the people it infects….
For more: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2017/08/11/death-from-tick-borne-virus-sfts/ This article states the woman may have been infected by the bite from a cat. If this is true, human to human transmission is highly probable.https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2020/05/05/asian-longhorned-tick-able-to-transmit-rmsf-in-lab-setting-also-transmitted-within-ticks-through-ova/https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/09/12/three-surprising-things-i-learned-about-asian-longhorned-ticks-the-tick-guy-tom-mather/ We need answers on this tick fast because they line up on a blade of grass like a cluster-bomb. Brush against it and you have hundreds if not thousands of ticks on you all at once.And while researchers are quick to report it transmits Lyme diseaserarely, it’s still a possibility: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/10/26/researchers-conclude-asian-longhorned-tick-contributes-minimally-to-lyme-disease-in-the-u-s/uninfected H. longicornis larvae could acquire B. burgdorferi s.s. while feeding on infectedMus musculus mice (infection prevalence >50% in freshly fed larvae) but that the infection was lost during the molt to the nymphal stage. None of 520 tested molted nymphs were found to be infected, indicating that transstadial passage of B. burgdorferi s.s. is absent or rare in H.