A New Tick-Borne Virus Infecting Humans in Japan

A New Tick-Borne Virus Infecting Humans in Japan
Lone Star Tick (Photo: Business Wire)

Another day, another germ to worry about. Scientists in Japan say they’ve shown that a previously undiscovered virus spread by ticks has been making people in the country sick since at least 2014. The Yezo virus, as it has been christened by its discoverers, is thought to cause low white blood cell and platelet counts as well as fever in its victims, similar to other tick-borne diseases.

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