Deadly Tick-borne Virus Causes Seven Deaths

Write : 2018-05-31 11:34:10 Update : 2018-05-31 11:34:43

Deadly Tick-borne Virus Causes Seven Deaths

Public health authorities are warning against a rising number of cases involving a deadly tick-borne virus.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday 18 cases of severe fever thrombocytopenia(SFTS) have been reported as of May 25, resulting in seven deaths. Last year, only 13 cases of SFTS had been reported by the end of May with one death.

Most of the SFTS patients reported this year were above the age of 60. Many had been bitten by ticks while working in farming areas or foraging in woodland. 

SFTS is transmitted by ticks mostly between April and November, and its symptoms include high fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and a decrease in appetite. There are no known cures or vaccines for the disease.

The disease control agency urged extra caution while engaging in outdoor activities, and recommends wearing long sleeves, avoiding direct skin contact with grass and to take a shower after returning home.

[Photo : YONHAP News]

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