With evolution of man, diseases have also evolved and we have been trying to find cures or vaccines for each new disease! However, 2020 looks to be a very challenging year for humankind as a whole! After nearly a century of fighting a deadly flu, we encountered the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus, which has now turned into a Pandemic and is wreaking havoc across the world! Even as researchers and scientists are trying to come up with a cure or a vaccine for this deadly virus, reports of another equally horrific Virus are doing the rounds! The Wuhan Province in China is considered to be the "Ground Zero" for the Corona Virus and we now hear that a new Virus has also originated in China, which is as equally deadly as COVID!

Reports of a Virus called the Tick Borne Virus having infected over 70 people and claiming the lives of 7 people so far, are now making the headlines on world media! Chinese media believes that this new virus has been transmitted from ticks to humans and is considered highly infectious with possibilities of transmission from one human to another! This Virus, which can be transmitted through tick bites, has been labelled - Severe fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome Virus, or SFTS Virus in short! A media report states that the Jiangsu Province in East China has already reported 37 cases of this virus in the first half of this year and the Anhui Province, also from East China, has reported another 23 people having contracted this Virus!

Some reports state that the SFTS Virus is not new and was first reported in Central China, as early as 2009 itself and that the country has already isolated the pathogen for this virus in 2011! This pathogen is said to belong to the Bunyavirus category, which belongs to the family of arthopod-borne or rodent-borne viruses! Symptoms of this Virus include fever and coughing and medical examination would reveal low platelet count and reduction of leukocyte in the blood. Some other symtpoms include fatigue, headache and muscle ache. Doctors state that human to human transmission of this virus could occur through blood or mucous but tick bites are considered the major cause of transmission. Doctors state that there is no need to panic and remaining careful and following some basic safety measures would help in not contracting the Virus! Stay tuned for updates...