By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Health officials in China are reporting dozens of cases of the tick-borne disease, Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS), according to a Global Times report.


SFTS has caused five deaths and hospitalized 23 people in Jinzhai county of the city of Lu’an since April.

A disease control staffer from the Lu’an health commission said Lu’an is a mountainous region and villagers working in the fields are often bitten by ticks and leeches. People susceptible to insect bites are more likely to be stricken by insect-borne diseases.

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Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is a newly emerging infectious disease. Symptoms and laboratory abnormalities are fever, thrombocytopenia, leukocytopenia, and elevated serum enzyme levels. Multiorgan failure occurs in severe cases, and 6%–30% of case-patients die. The syndrome is caused by the SFTS virus (SFTSV) (genus Phlebovirus, family Bunyaviridae).

Ixodid tick species are implicated as vectors of SFTSV.