Tick-borne SFTS disease spreads via dog
Japan Times -- Oct 12
A man in his 40s in Tokushima Prefecture has acquired the tick-borne disease known as severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or SFTS, through contact with a dog, local government said Tuesday.

It is the first case of the infection transmitted through a dog, according to the health ministry. The man suffered from fever and vomiting but has already recovered.

In late June, the dog was diagnosed with the SFTS virus after the man took it to a veterinary hospital, the prefectural government said.

The pet owner first reported feeling ill in mid-June and took a blood test after the dog was found to be infected with the SFTS virus. The test result showed in late September that the man was also infected.

He did not have any apparent signs of mite bites. But SFTS virus antibodies detected in the blood test suggest that he had been infected within the previous few months.

The infection may have entered his body through his mouth or a break in the skin.

The dog is a house pet, which likely became infected while it was out for a walk.

徳島県の40代の男性がマダニが媒介するウイルスにペットの犬から感染していたことが分かりました。ペットの犬から人への感染が確認されたのは初めてです。 今年6月ごろ、徳島県の40代の男性のペットの犬が、マダニが媒介する感染症のSFTS(重症熱性血小板減少症候群)を発症しました。
News sources: Japan Times, ANNnewsCH
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