East Asia braces for surge in deadly tick-borne virus

Rapid rise in number of infections concerns researchers.

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Infectious-disease experts in East Asia are preparing for this year’s wave of a lethal tick-borne virus. The virus causes a disease called severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS), which has affected a rapidly growing number of people since it emerged nearly a decade ago.

Scientists in the region say they are worried by the rising incidence of the disease, and by signs that the virus can spread more easily than previously thought. In March, Japan launched the first clinical trial of a drug to treat the disease, and some researchers say that governments should devote more resources to raising awareness and studying the virus.

By David Cyranoski, Nature News

Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-04486-6

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