Invasive Tick Could Infect You With Fatal Disease

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Monday, May 14, 2018
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Scientists are concerned with a tick that has the potential to transmit a virus that can be fatal.

The East Asian tick has been seen in Hunterdon County, New Jersey.

While those ticks do not carry the fatal disease, efforts to eradicate the ticks failed and authorities now fear the tick may be here for good. 

It can to transmit a virus known as  SFTS, severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome.

SFTS has fatality rates ranging from 12% to as high as 30% in some areas.

The major clinical symptoms of SFTS are fever, vomiting, diarrhea, multiple organ failure, thrombocytopenia (low platelet count), leucopenia (low white blood cell count), and elevated liver enzyme levels.

The number of people becoming ill from ticks, mosquitos and fleas has tripled over the past 12 years.



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