An undisclosed number of people in Shangcheng county, Henan Province, died this summer from an unspecified tick, which has caused panic among villagers. The hygiene departments of Xinyang city and Shangcheng county refused to provide any detailed information about the issue for maintenance of social stability, claimed a local government leader, citing the Beijing News Wednesday.
People felt painful when bitten by the ticks and usually had symptoms like having a fever, vomiting and bad appetite, and several of them have died.
There have reportedly been similar cases in the past, but not as many as this year.
The Chinese Center for Disease Control and the provincial CDC said that the deaths may be due to the tick-borne disease, anaplasmosis – but they cannot confirm this.
Wu Yutao, a villager in Xinyang, whose father had died of the disease, called for the government to inform the public about the number of deaths and to give accurate information on the situation, said the Beijing News report.
Experts suggest that those who work in the fields should take precautions such as fastening the bottoms of their trousers, as well as their cuffs and collars and, if they suspect that they have been bitten by ticks, they should immediately seek medical attention.