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New virus linked to Kansas man's death

4 years 1 month 4 weeks ago Saturday, February 21 2015 Feb 21, 2015 February 21, 2015 3:04 PM February 21, 2015 in News
Source: CNN
By: Caroline McDougall

CNN - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced they found a new virus Friday which could be linked to a man's death in Kansas.

It is called the Bourbon virus, named after the county the patient lived in. The CDC says they believe it is spread through tick or insect bites.

Health officials say the 50-year-old man suffered a series of tick bites in the Spring of 2014. He fell ill two days later and died of a heart attack 11 days later.

According to the CDC, the man's symptoms included fever, tiredness, rash, headache, other body aches, nausea and vomiting. He also had low blood counts for cells that fight infection and help prevent bleeding.

Health officials say the Bourbon virus is part of a group of viruses linked to tick or insect bites in various other countries including Europe, Asia and Africa.


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