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Bunya virus spread by spider-like creatures, 60 people infected so far in China, 7 killed; Fever-cough symptoms in patients

  • 37 people were infected in east China’s jiangsu province and 23 in anhui province
  • Infected patients being discharged one month after treatment

Another virus infection is spreading in China. Its name is SFTS virus. It is also known as Bunya virus. This spider-like creature spreads by tick bites. In China, 60 people have been infected with the virus so far and 7 have died. According to Chinese media, 37 people from East China’s Jiangsu province have been infected with the SFTS virus in the past 6 months. Subsequently, 23 people were found infected in Anhui province of eastern China.

Leukocyte and blood platelets fell in patients
A woman was infected with the virus in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu. He showed symptoms like fever and cough. A decrease in leukocyte and blood platelets was also seen in his body. He was discharged from the hospital after a month-long treatment.

The risk of infection from the blood and sweat of the patient,
Dr. Sheng Jifang, who works at the Hospital of Zhejiang University, says the infection of the virus can spread from one person to another. Blood and sweat of the infected patient are feared by the spread of the SFTS virus. Experts say that there is no need to worry, the situation is under control.

SFTS virus not new
According to Chinese media, SFTS virus is not new. In 2011, scientists isolated the virus. SFTS belongs to the category of Bunyavirus.

7 questions with Bunya virus and their answers

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1. What is this virus?
The virus is the cause of severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome. Hence its name is SFTS virus. Being of Bunya category, it is also called Bunya virus.
2. How does the virus spread?
The carrier (carrier) of Bunya virus is a spider-like organ. The infection spreads when the tick bites a person.
3. Infection from human to human?
According to experts in China, it can spread to other humans through the blood and sweat of an infected person.
4. What are the symptoms?
Fever, platelets and rapid fall of leukocytes are the main symptoms.
5. How much risk of death?
According to China’s health agency CDC, the risk of death is up to 12%.
6. Does it have a vaccine?
No vaccine has been prepared so far.
7. How to protect?
Stay away from infected people. Do not pass through forest and shrub areas. The highest number of ticks are found in these areas.


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