Tick-borne infections rise in South Korea over summer

Summer is peak tick season and the advice from the government for anyone venturing outdoors is use repellent and cover-up. This advice is particularly important in provinces such as Gangwon-do which has reported the highest rates of a viral infection transmitted by the arachnids, Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome. Countrywide this year there have been 46 cases and 11 deaths due to SFTS. SFTS is an emerging infection in the region with increasing reports in South Korea since it was first identified there in 2012. Read more.

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