(ORDO NEWS) — As we reported earlier, a new virus is spreading in the Middle Kingdom, which is carried by insects and some animals, such as ticks. Scientists have found out what symptoms may indicate infection.
The disease, dubbed Badnavirus Dhabi, leads to a decrease in the number of platelets in the lymph. As a result, in the event of even minor bleeding, a person is not able to stop the blood.
It was found that the main carriers of the new dangerous virus are ixodid ticks. It is possible that other blood-sucking creatures can also spread the infection, but so far there is no data on this.
In case of infection, a person develops a fever, begins to feel dizzy, and diarrhea occurs. There is also nausea, thrombocytopenia, a decrease in the level of leukocytes in the lymph and too high a level of liver enzymes.
Observations of patients showed that after about a week, 77% of patients have symptoms that go away even without special treatment. In the rest, the second phase of the disease begins, which is characterized by paralysis of the central nervous system and organ damage. Thus, in most patients, the body is able to cope with the infection on its own, while about 30% of people need hospitalization.
The mortality rate from SFTS is 12%, which is several times higher than from coronavirus. There is no vaccine, it is not known when it will appear. Doctors advise limiting to nature trips and wearing clothing that covers the body. There is not enough information about the virus, although it was discovered 9 years ago.
Scientists will soon find out whether the virus is transmitted from person to person. Until data are available, this transmission option should not be ruled out. According to the latest information, less than a hundred people have become infected with the new virus, so it’s too early to panic. The majority of patients (more than 60%) are concentrated in Jiangsu Province (eastern China) and neighboring territories.
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