CHINA has been hit by a new tick-borne virus outbreak which has killed seven people and infected 67 others, it has been claimed.
The contagious virus, which is transmitted through tick bites, is said to be spreading across East China at an alarming rate, according to local media. Virologists have warned the infection, known as ‘Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome’ (SFTS) can be transmitted through humans.
Symptoms include fever, coughing, fatigue, headaches, muscle aches and previous medical examinations on patients have shown a low platelet count and a decline of leukocyte in the blood.
Chinese media report the virus has so far infected 67 people and killed at least seven.
Global Times reported more than 37 people in East China’s Jiangsu Province contracted the virus in the first half of the year.
Virologists have warned the infection, known as ‘Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome’ (SFTS) can be transmitted through humans (Image: GETTY )
While, 23 people were also infected in East China”s Anhui province.
While reports said at least seven people have died after contracting the disease in Anhui and East China”s Zhejiang province.
Dr Sheng Jifang, working at the Zhejiang University, said that the possibility of human-to-human transmission, via blood or mucus, could not be ruled out.