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This Year’s First Death by SFTS Confirmed in Jeollanamdo

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This Year’s First Death by SFTS Confirmed in Jeollanamdo

 

The first confirmed case of a patient infected with SFTS, or thrombocytopenia syndrome, otherwise known as tick-borne virus, this year was recently reported in Jeollanamdo.

According to Jeollanamdo, a 77-year-old woman in Gangjin is suffering fever and diarrhea, which are symptoms of the SFTS virus, since June 27th and is currently under treatment at a hospital in Gwangju.

Last year alone, a total of 17 patients died from the virus nationwide and among them, 1 patient was based in Jeollanamdo and a total of 3 people infected from the virus passed away so far this year.

There are no vaccines or medicine that can treat SFTS and health authorities have advised citizens to wear long sleeved shirts for outdoor activities near trees and forests.

Symptoms of infection of SFTS virus include fever, vomiting and diarrhea.

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