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Title: S. Korea reported first fatal case of SFTS of 2017.

Subject: Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (SFTS), first fatal case of 2017 reported in S. Korea.

Source: South Korea Ministry of Health, full page: (LINK). Article in Korean, edited.

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S. Korea reported first fatal case of SFTS of 2017


Patient death confirmed in Jeju area on May 9.

  • Severe febrile thrombocytopenic syndrome (SFTS) prevention is done by avoiding ticks’ bites.
  • Wear long clothing when outdoors, bathing after going out, changing clothes.
  • Receive treatment in case of clinical symptoms such as high fever and vomiting within 2 weeks after outdoor activities.

As the first case of 'SFTS (Severe Fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome)' was reported in Jeju area on May 9, the Disease Control Headquarters (Director General) I cautioned you.

SFTS: Active from April to November. It occurs in the mites (mainly small sphagnum mites) and shows symptoms such as high fever, digestive symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.), platelet reduction.

* Number of patients: 36 ('13) → 55 ('14) → 79 ('15) → 169 ('16, provisional statistics)
* Number of deaths: 17 ('13) → 16 ) → 21 ('15) → 19 ('16, provisional statistics)

The case is a 79-year-old woman living in Jeju, recently conducted outdoor activities such as collecting ferns, and 4.29. She suddenly collapsed from her home and went to the emergency room and was examined. On April 30. Hypertension, and platelet loss during hospitalization. On May 2 Jeju Health and Environment Research Institute, On May 8 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) was tested positive by genetic testing (see 5.3)

During hospitalization on May 4 Symptoms worsened and the patient was transferred to the ICU room, on May 7 The ventilator was applied. Death due to septic shock and multiple organ failure.

The best way to prevent SFTS is avoiding ticks bites during outdoor activities, such as farming and mountain climbing.

* The activity period of small Sophora japonica is from April to November

Especially, among the infected people with SFTS, it is known that the proportion of agriculture and forestry workers of 50 or more is high,

If you have high fever (38-40 degrees), digestive symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) within 2 weeks after the outdoors, you should immediately visit the medical facility and get medical care.



Keywords: S. Korea; Updates; SFTS.