(07/31/17) A woman in Japan who died from a tick-borne illness after being bitten by a stray cat is believed to be the first case of a human being infected with the disease without being directly bitten by a tick.
The woman became infected with a disease called severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or SFTS, a “relatively new infectious disease confirmed in Japan, China and South Korea,” The Japan Times added.
An expert at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases told The Japan Times that there is very little possibility of humans contracting SFTS because it’s rare.
However, Japanese health officials are warning people against interaction with pets who are kept outside and who show signs of illness.
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