A deadly new virus which was previously unknown has been discovered. The virus is transmitted by ticks and is responsible for the death of a 50 year old man in Kansas. The patient suffered from organ failure before his death.
The previously unknown virus was likely to be transmitted by ticks and was responsible for the death of a 50 year old man from Kansas.
Details of the unknown virus were revealed by the CDC on Friday and it appears that the virus is transmitted by Ticks and caused the death of a healthy person from Kansas.
A report published in the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal attributed to researchers from US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that a man had sought medical aid last spring after he was bitten by ticks and suffered from fever and fatigue. The man’s condition worsened and he succumbed to the unknown infection 11 days after he was admitted.
After hematological examination of the patient’s blood, CDC was surprised to find that the person was infected by a previously unknown virus. The virus was christened “Bourbon Virus” after the Kansas County where the patient resided.
CDC is currently working in close cooperation with researchers in Kansas in a bid to identify more cases of the disease. The CDC is also seeking who gets ill and how people get infected and so also the symptoms of the disease.
It is not confirmed if the newly discovered virus was indeed the cause of the death of the person but the high levels of Bourbon virus in the blood suggests that it has a role in the ultimate demise of the patient.
The researchers wrote, “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 new virus discovered belongs to the family of Thogotoviruses and are known to be transmitted by ticks and mosquitoes in parts of Africa, Europe and Asia.