Oct. 6 2021 japanese scientists have discovered a previously unknown new virus that can be transmitted to humans, causing high fevers of up to 39 degrees, foreign media reported. so far, at least seven people in japan have been infected with the virus.
The new virus, known as the Yezo virus, could be detected as early as 2019, Russia and the United States Newsweek reported Wednesday. A 41-year-old man was admitted to hospital with fever and leg pain after being bitten by a tick while walking in a forest in Hokkaido, Japan. T
ests showed that he was not infected with any known tick-borne viruses, and Hokkaido University virologist Matsuno and other researchers later analyzed blood samples to confirm that it was a new virus. The team published the study in the September issue of nature Communications.
matsuno said at least seven people in japan have been infected with the new virus since 2014, though no one has died. the virus is known to cause high fevers of up to 39 degrees and reduce the number of platelets and white blood cells. in addition, some patients in japan have also shown signs of liver dysfunction.