Please be careful of ticks when you walk on Kumano Kodo.
Japan is already in the season of severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome, or SFTS, caused by ticks that have virus.
They live mostly in the mountains however, they were found even around local houses and some were bit and its number is increasing in recent years.
The first patient in Wakayama prefecture was in 2014 (2 people), 1 person in 2015 and 5 in 2016.
Moreover, another disease caused by ticks called ‘Japanese spotted fever’ (JSF) can cause high fever, eruption, headache and lassitude. In this case, antibiotics is diagnosed to cure.
Patients in Wakayama prefecture are 34 people in 2014, 17 in 2015, 17 in 2016 however, there are already 13 from January to July this year. This is much bigger number compare to last year, only one, at the same duration.
Wakayama prefecture recommends not to expose your skin and use bug spray includes DEET.