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Japan reports first human transmission of deadly SFTS

TOKYOMarch 20 (News On Japan) – For the first time in Japan, human-to-human transmission of the tick-borne infectious disease SFTS (Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome) has been confirmed.

According to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, the person infected with SFTS is a male doctor in his 20s.

The doctor treated a male patient in his 90s who was diagnosed with SFTS in April last year.

The doctor then developed complaints such as fever and diarrhea, and a blood test confirmed his infection with SFTS.

The patient, in his 90s, has died.

SFTS is an infectious disease transmitted by ticks, with a mortality rate of up to 30%. There is currently no effective vaccine available.

Although cases of human-to-human transmission have been reported abroad, this is the first case in Japan.

Source: ANN



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