A New, Lethal Tick-Borne Virus is Threatening East Asia

A report from South Korean public health officials has confirmed the return of a potentially fatal viral disease in East Asia. The first case of serious infection with a tick-borne virus called SFTS — short for severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome — was reported in Jeju City on April 9. The disease, which shares its name with the virus, first surfaced in China in 2009, and each year has brought with it an increasing number of cases.

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