New deadly virus from ticks detected in US, Kansas native first casualty

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just declared that a new virus lurks in the Kansas state following the death of a 50 year-old man due to tick bites.

The man had been bitten a number of times by ticks last spring and he even noticed a large tick that is bloated with sucked blood on his shoulder. Few days later the man became so sick as he suffered from nausea, diarrhea and fatigue. The man also experienced high fever, high blood pressure and rash before he was confined to the hospital, but then he had difficulty breathing and eventually succumbed to death because of organ failure 11 days after he was admitted into a hospital.

His blood sample was brought to the CDC for further analysis, and genetic tests will reveal that the man had hosted a previously an unidentified virus which is actually the “Bourbon virus” named after the place the patient had lived.

CDC is considering that there might be other similar cases of getting bitten by the virus-carrying ticks. The agency is currently working to search for more cases in the state and build a model on how the virus spreads and discern further its symptoms.

As of this time it is still not yet known whether of or not the newly found virus was essentially the main reason of the man’s death. CDC analysts discovered great amount of Bourbon virus in the dead man’s blood which entails that it had played a big role in the man’s death.

The researchers quipped that, “Although it is unclear what role the virus played in the death of the patient, the high level of viremia, as shown by multiple isolations from the blood of the patient 2 days before his death, suggests that this might have contributed to the death of the patient.”

The Bourbon virus is part of the family of germs known as Thogotoviruses. The virus is transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes in Europe, Asia and in some parts of Africa.

CDC is hopeful that the doctors and the citizens should be alarmed with the emergence of this new virus and that doctors should know how to deal with if ever the virus surfaces out.


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