Yezo Virus, New Disease That Infects Humans, Discovered in Japan

Researchers in Japan have identified a previously unknown virus that can infect humans and cause disease.

Named the Yezo virus, this new virus is transmitted by tick bites and causes a disease with symptoms that include fever and a reduction in blood platelets and white blood cells, responsible for counteracting foreign substances and disease.

The Yezo virus was discovered when a 41-year-old-man was admitted to the hospital in 2019 complaining of fever and leg pain after being bitten by a tick while walking in a Hokkaido forest.

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