Pet Owners at Risk as Severe Fever Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS) Spreads Through Asia


A tick-borne virus that is rapidly spreading throughout Asia has such a death rate it should be treated on a par with diseases such as Ebola, a Japanese virologist has warned...
SFTS is spread by tick bites and was first identified by Chinese researchers eight years ago.

It has a death rate of 30 per cent, similar to diseases such as Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, classified by the World Health Organization as having "epidemic potential".

Owners of pet cats and dogs have been warned to be especially vigilant as they carry ticks.

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Source: The Telegraph