A deadly virus has killed seven people in China and left more than 60 infected after its re-emergence.
The novel bunyavirus which is highly pathogenic has re-surfaced in the rural areas of China, reports News.au.
Bunyavirus is a tick-borne virus and can lead to thrombocytopenia syndrome – causing a viral hemorrhagic fever.
Among the victims of the bug, a 65-year old tea farmer in China’s Jiangsu province developed a high fever of 40C and a cough, reports CNA.
According to experts, the virus can be transferred person-to-person and can also be contracted through blood.
The virus can also be spread through animals, and most people are infected through tick bites.
It has also been found a patient who died after contracting the bunyavirus three years ago infected 16 people who had come into contact with the body, according to Sheng Jifang, an expert on the novel bunya virus, speaking to the Global Times.
Of those infected, one later died.
The re-emergence comes after the virus was first discovered in 2009 in China’s central Henan and eastern Anhui provinces.
Since then, the bug spread to Taiwan where a man in his 70s who had not travelled abroad contracted the virus after walking in the mountains.
The fatality rate of the novel bunyavirus is 10% according to the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control.
Patients experience high fevers, fatigue, nausea and a loss of appetite.
In extreme cases, the bug can lead to multiple organ failure and death.
This comes as the world battles with the coronavirus pandemic, which began in China last year.
Last week a Chinese medical expert renewed claims that the coronavirus pandemic began in a military lab.
Dr Li Meng-Yan's core claim is that she realised while studying person-to-person transmission of the virus that she "clearly assessed" Covid-19 had come from a research facility linked to the People's Liberation Army.