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New Killer Virus Found in Kansas

By    |   Monday, 23 Feb 2015 02:36 PM

A newly discovered virus likely spread by ticks has apparently killed a Kansas man, federal health officials say.

Genetic tests performed on the man’s blood by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found he was infected with a previously undiscovered virus never known to cause illness in the U.S. He became ill last spring after being bitten by ticks while working on his property, USA Today reports.
 
CDC scientists are calling it the Bourbon virus because the man lived in Bourbon County, Kansas. It is one of a family of microbes called thogotoviruses, whose relatives have been found in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
 
The man was treated with antibiotics  after suffering nausea, weakness and diarrhea. But the man, who was in his 50s, eventually became so sick that doctors transferred him to the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. Eventually, doctors sent his blood sample to the CDC for advanced tests.

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