CDC has discovered a new deadly virus which might have killed a man last year in Kansas.Daniel McCarthy (Author) Published Date : Feb 22, 2015 08:18 IST
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, they have discovered a deadly new virus which might have killed one person last year in Kansas. According to the CDC officials the person died in late spring last year from an unknown virus called Bourbon virus.
CDC officials said that this is the first time a person had died in the States from this kind of virus. It was also mentioned that this is the eighth time in the world a person is had been affected by Thogotovirus. According to the health experts this kind of virus can be found in Asia, Europe and Africa. It was also said that this kind of virus is caused by ticks and mosquitoes.
According to health experts Thogotovirus can cause meningitis. The other symptoms for this virus are, An inflammation of the lining of the brain, or a brain inflammation called encephalitis. They aren't known for causing problems with blood cells . CDC said an early test done on the Kansas man showed that his white blood cells and platelets were declining. White blood cells help to fight diseases and platelets help the blood to clot. According to J. Erin Staples, a medical epidemiologist at the CDC the man s doctors did all the right things .
According to Staples, Those symptoms are similar to those of ehrlichiosis, a bacterial illness caused by ticks that has been diagnosed in the USA, Staples says . In another statement Charles Hunt, Kansas State Epidemiologist said, We were not looking for a new virus. We are surprised. We really don t know much about this virus. It s important to find out more from a public health perspective. It is possible that other persons have been infected with this and not known it He helped the authorities to report the new virus.
CDC has also confirmed that they are working with Kansas health officials to figure out if any one else was effected by the virus. They are also trying to figure out how this virus had spread.
CDC has discovered a new deadly virus which might have killed a man last year in Kansas.