Japanese woman dies from tick disease after cat bite
- A Japanese woman has died of a tick-borne disease caught from a cat, in what is thought to be the first such mammal to human transmission. Japan’s health ministry says the woman in her 50s had been helping a weakening stray cat when she was bitten.
- Ten days later, she died of Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS), which is carried by ticks. With no tick bite detected, doctors assume the illness must have been contracted through the infected cat.
- The virus is said to have fatally rates between of up to 30% and is especially severe in people over 50.