New tick virus causes concern in Missouri

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A new virus spread by ticks is causing some concern in Missouri. The Hearthland Virus first appeared in St. Joseph, Mo. Eight people have been infected, most from Missouri, and one person has died. Research published in July of 2013 identified the virus after two farmers were hospitalized in 2009

“It’s worrisome when we know there’s a new germ out there that can make people sick,” Dr. Ericka Hayes, expert in infectious diseases at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, said.

Experts and the C.D.C. have been investigating the illness. There is no medicine or cure right now. Doctors can only treat the symptoms, which include fever and feeling tired.

“Really no specific symptoms like headaches, diarrhea, loss of appetite, sounds not unlike having the flu,” Hayes said.

It’s believed the Lone Star Tick carries the new virus. Read more from FOX 2 Now.

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5 comments

  • linda chism

    last summer my son worked with the CDC gathering these ticks..the first person to contract the heartland disease is our neighbor..there are lots of these ticks around…people need to duct tape their pant legs to form a tight seal and spray repellant on themselves when going out in the woods. whether it be for just taking a walk or for mushroom hunting or any other reason..beware they are already showing up in the woods..

  • Justin

    Some years back when I was like 16…I got Rocky Mountain Spotted fever in Bonner Springs….I was nauseated and got sick when I moved….I had a 103 temp and I was dehydrated……I went to my doctor and he said I was only 1 of 2 that he has seen in that area with RMSF. If you work in your back yard this spring, at the end of the day have someone help you check for ticks….and check every area! And make sure you get the head because they can still live even without the body! A method that worked for me is to take a match, light it then blow it out and immediately touch the butt of the tick with it…they will eventually back out enough for you to grab him and flush him…..Ticks are the tiniest lethal disease carrying parasites that could cause a lot of issues.