Another Jeju citizen has been diagnosed with the SFTS virus, reports the Jeju Public Health Centre, called Bogeonso in Korean, bringing the total number of people on the Island to have contracted the tick-borne disease to 16 for the year.
The 70-year-old Jeju City male was receiving nerve treatment when it was discovered he was infected with the disease.
It is believed that the patient, who raises several dogs and cultivates a garden on his property, contracted the disease when he was bitten by a tick.
SFTS is most commonly transmitted by ticks and resides within the human body for between one and two weeks. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and loss of appetite, and infection occasionally results in death.
Three people on Jeju have died from the disease this year.
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