New virus found in Missouri; ticks suspected
August 30th, 2012
10:55 AM ET

New virus found in Missouri; ticks suspected

It started with fever, fatigue,  diarrhea and loss of appetite.

But for two farmers in northwestern Missouri, the severe illness that followed a tick bite led epidemiologists on a journey to a new viral discovery.

"It's brand new to the world," said William Nicholson with the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Disease at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"It's unique in that it's never been found elsewhere and it is the first phlebovirus found to cause illness in humans in the Western Hemisphere. At this point we don't know how widespread it may be, or whether it's found in other states. We don't know how many people in Missouri may have had this virus, as the finding of a completely new virus was a surprise to us."

Nicholson, one of the authors of the report detailing the two cases published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, suspects the new virus is a member of the tick-borne phlebovirus and is a distant cousin to Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome Virus (SFTSV), a virus found in central and northeastern China and known to cause death in 13 to 30% of patients.

There are more than 70 distinct viruses in the phlebovirus family, and they're grouped according to whether they are carried and transmitted by sandflies, mosquitoes or ticks.

"We're not saying at this point that it is tick-borne," Nicholson said. "We suspect ticks. It might be a lone star tick or another tick, but we have not ruled out sandflies or mosquitoes."

According to Nicholson, this new virus "clusters genetically" - or is very similar, yet distinct - to other tick-transmitted phleboviruses and more distantly with the sandfly and mosquitoes. Researchers identified it by genetically sequencing the entire genome of the virus and comparing it to existing viral genomes.

"We're casting a wide net so we can really figure out where this virus is located and how it's being transmitted," he said. "We are also going to be doing laboratory studies to learn more about the biology of the virus and how it might be transmitted."

One farmer was a healthy 57 year-old man; the other, a 67-year-old man with type II  diabetes. Recovery for both farmers was slow. Both were hospitalized for about two weeks in 2009, and took about a month and a half to recovery fully.

It's unknown whether this new virus can be transmitted from person to person, but no family members or caregivers reported symptoms similar to either patient.

At the moment, Nicholson said, there is no cause for concern. "I don't think anyone should be worried. We are not worried ... we are curious of what role the virus plays in human disease."

To that end, an epidemiological study is underway in western Missouri, where researchers hope to identify new patients with similar symptoms. For now, researchers will turn their attention to the large number of vertebrae hosts maintaining the virus in nature - mammals both wild and and domestic, as well as birds. In the fall, they will check out the deer and wild turkey population.

Tick-borne diseases are on the rise in the United States. And while this new disease might not be tick-borne, ticks are the number-one suspect. Nicholson says people should use repellent, check themselves for bites or ticks, and avoid certain areas - if possible - that might serve as good habitats for ticks, such as wooded areas and areas with fallen leaves.

soundoff (216 Responses)
  1. just me

    i hate when people get hurt from blood suckers. Oh sorry, I thought this story was about Obama...

    August 30, 2012 at 11:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Artifex

      Haw! Haw! Haw! Yer so funny! Haw! Haw!

      Oh wait, you're not. But it is nice to hear from a patriot that will never take advantage of those blood sucking programs like medicare, medicaid, social security, send their kids to public school, call the fire department or the police, use highways or subsidized fuels. Our hats are off to you.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:28 | Report abuse |
    • SillyKat

      Beyond ignorant...sigh.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:36 | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Isn't it the pits? You'd think people would just take responsibility for their own mistakes – like voting twice for the people who put us into two unfunded wars...

      August 30, 2012 at 12:37 | Report abuse |
    • allinurmind

      It's the new Akin virus. It'll infect you but is susceptible in certain ways that allow women to shut it down.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:44 | Report abuse |
    • emmertdusky

      If It shows up in Lubbock next year better check the ticks to see if they're also carrying U.N. flags.

      August 30, 2012 at 12:57 | Report abuse |
    • Skibo112

      How clever! How long did it take you to think that one up?

      August 30, 2012 at 13:30 | Report abuse |
    • Underground

      "But it is nice to hear from a patriot that will never take advantage of those blood sucking programs like medicare, medicaid, social security, send their kids to public school,"

      Who do you think pays for those programs in the first place?

      August 30, 2012 at 13:42 | Report abuse |
    • JOH

      Yes, you can only get the virus if you hate Obama like the people who are declaring to go to civil war if he gets re-elected. Ignorant hill billy trash.

      August 30, 2012 at 14:20 | Report abuse |
    • mitt

      actually the repubes are the biggest bloodsuckers

      August 30, 2012 at 14:34 | Report abuse |
    • organically

      congrats, you win the award for the dumbest CNN blog comment of 2012

      August 30, 2012 at 14:37 | Report abuse |
    • Ross Clark

      Researchers in MO might want to check with the UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville. There's a similar disease, carried by ticks, that recently has emerged in VA and NC. One of its effects is to make victims allergic to eating beef. Sounds crazy, but it's true.

      August 30, 2012 at 15:01 | Report abuse |
    • SAMBO

      Ob^m^cus C0m Munis tVs

      August 30, 2012 at 15:19 | Report abuse |
    • sss

      Yeah!! Hee, hee, haw, haw.....redneck!

      August 30, 2012 at 16:05 | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Don't you mean Bain Capital?

      August 30, 2012 at 16:11 | Report abuse |
    • alex delarge

      Speaking of sucking. That's what your wh**e of a mother should have done instead of letting her rotten womb get infected with your fetus.

      August 30, 2012 at 19:07 | Report abuse |
    • Redder1

      Guess it wasn't 'legitimate,' Alex.

      August 30, 2012 at 23:04 | Report abuse |
    • 1ofTheFallen

      Agreed. It's time to get rid of those give me, give me, give me bloodsuckers and someboby should keep working on the tick problem as well.

      August 31, 2012 at 00:34 | Report abuse |
    • mistamista

      Freudian slip. Mitt the Teat sucks more, faster, dirtier and harder.

      August 31, 2012 at 03:12 | Report abuse |
    • Wildone

      Why the hell can't there be a conversation about anything that doesn't include some idjit bringing politics or politicians into it?

      August 31, 2012 at 07:12 | Report abuse |
    • Ginny

      I'm sure it was about Romney.....just ask anyone he put out of work as head of a takeover corporation like Bain.

      August 31, 2012 at 10:34 | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      That was great Artiflex... I am still laughing. LOL

      August 31, 2012 at 21:23 | Report abuse |
    • GoRemote

      @Artifex. Setting aside the fact that Obama didn't create Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid, you have no idea if @JustMe is one of the vast majority of people who will take more out of those programs than they pay in, or one of the much smaller minority of us that pay in much more than we will ever receive back, thus paying for the rest of you bloodsuckers. And things like schools, fire departments, police, and roads are primarily funded by local and property taxes, which they should be, meaning they are paid for by the same people that actually use them.

      September 1, 2012 at 01:15 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      While it's true that schools, police, fire departments, etc. are funded by local authorities, it's also true that those authorities get much of their funding from the federal government. That's why their budgets have run into trouble and their tax rates have gone up as the federal government has cut spending. The federal government hasn't cut spending on the military (Republicans like military spending because the military protects foreign — I mean free market — corporations) it has only cut spending that might benefit flesh and blood Americans here at home.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:15 | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Based on experience; there is a greater risk for tick bites in open grassy fields than forests and woodlands; particularly when the ground is damp.

    August 30, 2012 at 12:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • outlan

      It's funny where ticks end up. I did a three day hike in the Dolly Sods Wilderness in West Virginia in May. I hiked through fields, deep forest, and boggy wetland, and saw ticks on my tent and in the campsite. Yet, I didn't get bitten by any of them. I got home the next day, and got a tick on my leg in the back yard.

      Nasty little suckers.

      August 30, 2012 at 13:55 | Report abuse |
    • Fluffles

      I live in the woods and they are everywhere. I also got two on my clothes when I was in a field with short grass and dusty patches, which was odd. They are the worst.

      August 30, 2012 at 14:09 | Report abuse |
    • Fifi

      @Outlan,, chances are the tick traveled home with you and you didn't notice it until it attached.

      August 30, 2012 at 15:36 | Report abuse |
    • Jimh77

      We live in the woods and are surrounded by the suckers. Constantly being treated after being bitten. DR accuses my wife and I of eliminating the tick population 1 at a time. I have spectracide to use, mower broke and now ground is covered with vinyl siding, renovating the house. Once we're done that spectracide will be laid out every where possible to kill off all bugs, we are also surrounded by spiders of all kinds. We are in the deep woods upstate NY.

      August 30, 2012 at 19:51 | Report abuse |
  3. Nick

    I thought for sure someone would have brought up todd akin by now

    August 30, 2012 at 12:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • lindaluttrell

      He's a pol...different kind of tick ... a soul sucker...

      August 30, 2012 at 12:45 | Report abuse |
    • allinurmind

      Happy now?

      August 30, 2012 at 12:45 | Report abuse |
    • n2it

      According to Akin, when a woman gets bitten by a tick, her body can decide whether or not to accept this virus. Ozark science, isn't it great?

      August 30, 2012 at 18:56 | Report abuse |
  4. Kevin

    Evolution. It's real.

    August 30, 2012 at 13:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • emmertdusky

      The GOP found a way to halt it in party talking heads at Neanderthal.

      August 30, 2012 at 13:24 | Report abuse |
    • Nizzle

      Evolution is right. These ticks will certainly morph into democrats in the next million yers.

      August 30, 2012 at 13:39 | Report abuse |
    • Sue A

      LOL @ Nizzle

      August 30, 2012 at 13:42 | Report abuse |
    • Phazon

      Really then why hasnt the mouse gottenbigger than the cat and the cat hasnt got bigger than the mouse?

      August 30, 2012 at 14:29 | Report abuse |
    • AllYourBase

      Cool story, bro.

      August 30, 2012 at 15:47 | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      If you don't believe in evolution, wouldn't you assume this article is fake? I mean a mutation is required for biological. If growing larger benefited the mouse in it's habitat eventually it would. The process takes time.

      August 31, 2012 at 02:44 | Report abuse |
  5. ROMNEY 2012 or the USA will fail

    The only virus anybody needs to worry about is Liberalism and it's main symptoms of wasting money and ignoring the LORD'S WORD.

    August 30, 2012 at 13:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • emmertdusky

      Sure enough, here's one of them now.

      August 30, 2012 at 13:26 | Report abuse |
    • Kaylie

      But Thor didn't have much to say about politics. Or was that Krishna that you were talking about?

      August 30, 2012 at 13:33 | Report abuse |
    • SPW

      Good, ignoring the lord's word and any other lords and gods is part of a healthy government.

      August 30, 2012 at 13:34 | Report abuse |
    • jma58

      Which lord would that be?

      August 30, 2012 at 13:37 | Report abuse |
    • Darw1n

      Bird? Is bird the word?

      August 30, 2012 at 13:38 | Report abuse |
    • Sue A


      August 30, 2012 at 13:40 | Report abuse |
    • Fluffles

      Why are you reading a story about ticks when that's the only thing you can think about or talk about?

      August 30, 2012 at 14:12 | Report abuse |
    • mitt r.


      keep drinkin the cool aid

      August 30, 2012 at 14:35 | Report abuse |
    • cusendajoint

      God hates you.

      August 30, 2012 at 14:46 | Report abuse |
    • Thinks2010

      Republicans are bloated ticks on the a$$ of the middle class who have been sucking the economic lifeblood out them.

      August 30, 2012 at 15:47 | Report abuse |
    • Thinks2010

      The Republican Party should change its mascott from the elephant to the tick. Elephants are smart animals who live in a matriarchal society and work for the good of their kind. Ticks suck the lifeblood out of people, make them sick and then abandon them.

      August 30, 2012 at 16:44 | Report abuse |
    • jonboy

      What I don't understand is how do Christians like you think they are ever going to convert anybody, when our eternal reward would be spending an eternity with you? Spending fve minutes with you in the line at the gas station would be hell on earth. Heaven as a concept doesn't make any sense if it's going to be full of Christians.

      August 30, 2012 at 18:57 | Report abuse |
    • OldSailor

      You mean like the War-Lord in Chief, Shrub Jr.?

      August 30, 2012 at 20:37 | Report abuse |
    • The Lord

      Oh, give it a rest. Can't you folks just leave me out of this petty nonsense?

      August 30, 2012 at 20:51 | Report abuse |
    • squirk

      Mary Mary get me some pumps, these spikes are killing me!

      August 30, 2012 at 22:24 | Report abuse |
    • Allbedarned

      Just whose lord's words are you referring to? Yours or mine?

      August 31, 2012 at 04:12 | Report abuse |
    • tony c

      You should perhaps consider moving to somewhere like Saudi Arabia. Your way of thinking would be quite welcomed over there. I'm serious. Look it up. God first (god before people, god before education, god before family). Ultraconservative. You'd love it.

      August 31, 2012 at 04:53 | Report abuse |
  6. margsrme

    Did anyone notice that this happened in 2009, but it is just now hitting the news?

    August 30, 2012 at 13:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michelle

      I think the news is that the virus has new been identified.

      August 30, 2012 at 14:16 | Report abuse |
    • lrltree

      Wow, I didn't until you mentioned it. Goodness they'll have plenty of additional test cases now.

      August 30, 2012 at 14:55 | Report abuse |
    • LB

      I think it took that long for them to genetically decode the virus. I don't know a lot about it, but I wonder if it's like Lyme disease?

      August 31, 2012 at 23:48 | Report abuse |
  7. freelance

    We are already dealing with a dangerous virus called the TEA PARTY.

    August 30, 2012 at 13:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mitt r.


      August 30, 2012 at 14:35 | Report abuse |
    • SAMBO


      August 30, 2012 at 15:09 | Report abuse |
    • SAMBO

      obama is the head bug

      August 30, 2012 at 15:09 | Report abuse |
    • squirk

      you mean the flea party?

      August 30, 2012 at 22:26 | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      The Teabaggers are the John Birth Society with a new name. Yes, they called themselves the Teabaggers at first...then they learned the meaning of teabagging and changed their name to the Tea Party. Some of us call them by their original name for grins, the idgits.

      August 31, 2012 at 20:17 | Report abuse |
  8. Stevey

    Government conspiracy.

    August 30, 2012 at 13:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. SPW

    Ticks frighten me

    Especially as a dog owner, a dog that likes to run around in bushes

    August 30, 2012 at 13:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Fluffles

      Same here. One of the best things we did this year was get our property treated for ticks. Have not found one tick on him yet this season!

      August 30, 2012 at 14:13 | Report abuse |
  10. Fifi

    This message brought to you by the Fearmonger's Worksop...

    But seriously, another tick- borne disease? I live in tick-infested forest and deal with these little beasties almost every day. I don't need anther thing to worry about.

    August 30, 2012 at 13:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Cherries

    Where's Brad Paisley when you need him? Lol

    August 30, 2012 at 13:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. robert frost

    If a person has genuine faith in God, the body will naturally become immune to this virus

    August 30, 2012 at 13:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Fluffles

      If it's a legitimate tick bite, the body will shut itself off from the virus.

      August 30, 2012 at 14:14 | Report abuse |
    • coaster26

      Only if you're a woman, Fluffles.

      August 30, 2012 at 18:54 | Report abuse |
  13. Really?

    Lol are all the comments on this story just about politics?

    August 30, 2012 at 14:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bobby


      August 30, 2012 at 14:31 | Report abuse |
    • Kerri

      “The word 'politics' is derived from the word 'poly' meaning 'many', and the word 'ticks' meaning 'blood sucking parasites'.” – Larry Hardiman. 🙂

      September 3, 2012 at 10:49 | Report abuse |
  14. average dude

    Happened in 2009 and we just learn about this.

    August 30, 2012 at 14:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. organically

    Romney/Ryan fossil fuel dependent energy policy would be catastrophic for our country. Two of hundreds of indicators of climate change is increasing hurricane intensity and frequency worldwide and also increased insect borne diseases. In spite of the endless proof of human induced climate change, some of the population is still in denial. There are three reasons for this (1) the belief that the rapid change in our climate over the last 50 years is part of a cycle although these cycles take thousands of years, (2) the occasional negative news story on the science of climate change, and (3) rightist conservative radical or ignorant tea party philosophy that climate change is a hoax. There are deniers in every scientific fact. Climate change deniers threaten humanity. Reversing climate change is impossible at this point due to the international thirst for fossil fuels and our overall society living standard. This is not going to change. So, rather than talking about stopping climate change, let’s ignore the utopian deniers and begin a dialogue on how to adapt and stop dwelling on environmentally and socially damaging energy topics like Solyndra and the keystone pipeline.

    August 30, 2012 at 14:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pendragon's Mom

      This is a section on ticks...not politics...so tiring. Ha ha (sarcasm)

      We have ticks that are extremely small, but seem to travel in groups...they do make us ill, but it only lasts about 3 days. Thought about sending a sample of them, but don't know where to send them.

      While on the other subject...obama (notice the small "o") is low life, right along with our ticks-makes me sick also, but has lasted a little over 3 years now. Hoping to recover in November....

      August 30, 2012 at 15:01 | Report abuse |
    • right winger

      You Liberal nut!

      August 30, 2012 at 19:41 | Report abuse |
  16. Sal

    Anyone who votes for a republican should have their heads examined because they are not too bright! 

    August 30, 2012 at 14:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • squirk

      Come on now, to have the freedom to succeed as a nation, or person means you also need to have the freedom to make bad choices, for if there is no freedom to make bad choices then you do not have freedom to make any other kind.

      August 30, 2012 at 22:30 | Report abuse |
  17. KJM

    I hate when the get all big and green....ugh. They get so big they cant even walk. Gross but funny looking. They look like a grape with legs sticking out. lol

    August 30, 2012 at 14:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. SAMBO


    August 30, 2012 at 15:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • RasPutin

      Doing some board study?

      August 30, 2012 at 15:59 | Report abuse |
    • coaster26

      HAHA you only ask because both drugs have been used to treat Lyme disease. This could be 'just a virus' and not even treatable with antibiotics – you know, those drugs that only work against bacterial agents. As with any VIRUS, you can only treat the symptoms, and let it run it's course. There is no antibiotic to treat a virus. You might however, hope they find an antiviral for it.

      August 30, 2012 at 19:03 | Report abuse |
  19. SAMBO

    I am Ob^m^ Destroyer of worlds

    August 30, 2012 at 15:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CTYank

      Grow up and get past your obsessive hatred of somebody you might really like, if introduced.

      Or are you simply a Fox-bot?

      August 30, 2012 at 19:31 | Report abuse |
  20. RustyHinges8

    There wasn't enough left for Obama...... Bush took it all.

    August 30, 2012 at 15:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Thinks2010

    So basically the CDC is telling 2/3's of the country to stay inside since it's difficult to avoid those pesky leaves on the ground in the Fall. Can I get a note from the CDC giving me permission to forego raking up the leaves on my property that I can give to my homeowners association?

    August 30, 2012 at 15:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • coaster26

      They'd make you rake them up all the quicker, so you avoid contaminating the HOA Nazis when they make their random inspections of whether you have your lawn the exact right height and all your screens in place, and no more than the maximum number of leaves present on your lawn at any one time. And dear god, is that a colored drapery in an upstairs window? Fine that homeowner! Did you leave your blinds open after 11:37pm? Shame on you! Does your porch light shed too much light, or is it that unbecoming 'bug light' color? How dare you!

      I don't see how people desire to become part of the companies that make up the HOAs. They aren't made up of people that live around you, they are people that live somewhere far away and send out letters and emails, likely for their own safety. I just can't see a kid saying "I want to manage a group of HOAs when I grow up, and have WHOLE NEIGHBORHOODS hate me!" It has to be a demotion from something else.

      August 30, 2012 at 19:12 | Report abuse |
  22. Striker

    You people are morons! How do you get Obama and the UN involved with a possible new virus from Ticks....... I G N O R A N T.........

    August 30, 2012 at 15:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Snacklefish

    Can't wait for the Democrats to declare this an emergency, and demand we pay a Tick Tax.

    August 30, 2012 at 15:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • squirk

      i am dem, but gotta admit that is a good one Snacklefish -) I like your nick too!

      August 30, 2012 at 22:34 | Report abuse |
  24. Universal Unitarian Woman

    Sheesh, people. This story is about a virus NOT politics.

    August 30, 2012 at 16:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. jim

    Ticks like to get in you and are called parasites and that why gays are called sodomites because they are like parasites and so that's why God named them sodomites.....
    A sodomite is one who forces themselves on another and will attack from the back anyone men,women,old men, old women, kids,animals and even knotholes in trees and they are getting thicker then flies on used toilet paper, and some hang out in the cracks of the toilet seats just like parasites.that's why God named them sodomites.

    August 30, 2012 at 16:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • squirk

      if a equals b and b equals c that does not mean a equals e

      August 30, 2012 at 22:41 | Report abuse |
  26. Idol Girl

    @UU Woman,

    I'm reporting all of the political comments as abuse because they are off topic.

    August 30, 2012 at 16:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thinks2010

      Your comment about the political comments being abuse is also off topic.

      August 30, 2012 at 16:34 | Report abuse |
    • Idol Girl


      My comment is in response to what Universal Unitarian Woman said about the comments here.

      August 30, 2012 at 22:30 | Report abuse |
    • squirk

      Idol girl, do you have a life?

      August 30, 2012 at 22:38 | Report abuse |
  27. babs

    good news is that the bodies of women who are the victims of legitimate rape secrete some "goo" that prevents them becoming infected

    August 30, 2012 at 16:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. ImmaLetYouFinish

    Cool that they found a "new" virus, but is this enough to be a new species or a clade of an existing Phlebovirus? It's painful to read about science from non-scientific sources.

    Also, to the people asking why we're just hearing about this now when it was isolated in 2009, a news article back then would have read, "Farmer, 57, falls ill from unknown source then recovers." I don't know, but "New virus discovered" has a cooler ring to it.

    Lastly, why does it seem that politics (and the ignorance that follows it) ends up on every CNN article these days?

    August 30, 2012 at 16:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thinks2010

      It's "silly season" plus it's a slow news day.

      August 30, 2012 at 16:48 | Report abuse |
    • J

      This is my favorite comment.

      August 30, 2012 at 18:31 | Report abuse |
  29. Denise

    This event provides additional evidence that we never know all that ails us. New diseases and viruses are still to be discovered, no doubt. So anyone who doubts how sick a tick can make you needs to be fed a big dose of reality and realize that we know SO LITTLE about all that ticks can inflict upon us. – AND I HATE to go off-topic – because some of us want an intelligent conversation via the comment thread with others who have a personal and serious interest in the story – but seriously... to all of you that go off topic in the comments section: Your need for attention by hijacking comment threads is a clear signal of your unwillingness to seriously debate your position. If you really cared about your comment making a difference, you would choose an article with the topic you want to discuss and lob your political discourses there for open discussion. But perhaps that is what you are really afraid of...

    August 30, 2012 at 16:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thinks2010

      Lighten up. Your comment about ticks is spot on though. Anyone who fails to take insect borne disease lightly is ignorant of history and needs only consider things like the plague, malaria, sleeping sickness, etc. For example, some scientists believe the Anopeles Mosquito is responsible for the deaths of 1 out of every 2 people who ever lived through the spread of malaria (which, by the way, is on the increase due to the evolution of drug resistant strains). So, yes, you are right that people should take the discovery of a newly discovered insect borne disease seriously.

      August 30, 2012 at 17:04 | Report abuse |
  30. JE White

    How sad that the physicain that found this new virus wasn't mentioned. His name is Dr. Scott Folk and is in St. Joseph, Missouri. Also very sad is that everyone...seems to use any opportunity to ruin an article with their nasty political comments.

    August 30, 2012 at 17:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Frank

    West Nile from the Arabs and this new deadly one here from the Chinese! Man isn't everyone proud of our tolerant MULTICULTURALISM!?

    Now you have set yourself on fire to go outside so you don't get bitten by ticks, mosquito's, flies! LETS OPEN THE BORDERS OBAMA! Like we need some more DISEASE FROM YOUR FOREIGNERS you have pouring in here!!

    August 30, 2012 at 17:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • coaster26

      Dingbat, the disease isn't from foreigners, it's from insects.

      August 30, 2012 at 19:16 | Report abuse |

      Jesus-h-christ you're stupid Frank.........

      August 31, 2012 at 03:05 | Report abuse |
    • Partisan=ignorance...and many other incognatives

      So....your thinking "Arabs" intoroduced the west Nile because it is called the "west Nile"? Wow! Ignorance is bliss isn't it.

      August 31, 2012 at 14:08 | Report abuse |
  32. richard

    Missouri loves company.

    August 30, 2012 at 18:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • dude

      now THAT's funny!

      August 30, 2012 at 20:53 | Report abuse |
  33. Weston

    I wish the mods would do a better job of deleting off-topic comments. I live in Missouri and have contracted the Alpha-Gal allergy from the Lone Star Tick. We live in the country, and I want to know why the ticks are so bad now. I've lived here most of my life and have had numerous ticks before all this without any problems. Now I can't eat mammalian meat because of it.

    Then you add this issue as well. Something is wrong.

    I don't want to read about Romney and Obama in this article. I want to know more about this issue.

    You people are ridiculous.

    August 30, 2012 at 18:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Thinks2010

      I have no expertise in this area whatsoever so what I am about to say is just speculation, but I would be willing to bet that the following two things are contributing to the increase in ticks and the transfer of the diseases they carry to humans. 1) The suppression of wildfires that has gone on for the past 100 years and the increase in the number of people living in or on the edge of wild areas as well as the movement of people (and their animals) in and out of these areas.

      August 30, 2012 at 19:27 | Report abuse |
    • Partisan=ignorance...and many other incognatives

      Well, it depends on who you ask. The republicans are convinced that it is Obama's fault and the democrats think that global warming has reduced the harsh winters that would normally kill of a fair share of the larva. Less harsh winter=more adult bugs of all varieties.

      August 31, 2012 at 14:12 | Report abuse |
  34. Jerry

    I TOLD 'em they needed better air filters in the lab but, no , they had to buy cheap junk at Wal-Mart..........

    August 30, 2012 at 18:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. RBSG

    Meanwhile, millions of people are still doubting evolution...while it goes on right in front of them.

    August 30, 2012 at 19:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. nvmature

    Stupid virus newly called the Akin Virus. Makes you say stupid stuff.

    August 30, 2012 at 19:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. CreationScientist

    Like evolution, viruses don't exist.

    Get a grip, people. They just want your money for "research".

    Visit creationscience dot com for more details.

    August 30, 2012 at 19:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Gregery

    Ticks already give me diarrhea anyways, once I eat them. I dont understand why this is new.....

    August 30, 2012 at 19:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. Its Going To Get Bigger

    If I was Obama's son, I'd be a blood sucking vampire.

    August 30, 2012 at 20:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Partisan=ignorance...and many other incognatives

      Wow, u r a sharp one aren't you. I bet you drive the ladies wild with your charm, intellect, and charisma. Please don't reproduce.

      August 31, 2012 at 14:14 | Report abuse |
  40. A slow internet connection?

    "Both were hospitalized for about two weeks in 2009... " 2009??? Three years ago and suddenly we're hearing about a "new virus" in late 2012?

    August 30, 2012 at 20:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Leo

    I could swear this article was about ticks.

    August 30, 2012 at 20:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gregery

      Hey, be careful Leo. Swearing is bad.

      August 30, 2012 at 21:23 | Report abuse |
  42. dude

    getting sick from blood sucking critters??? this belongs in the political section....

    August 30, 2012 at 20:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Birdman

    These are the same symptoms as STARI or Masters' disease. Check out the research that Dr. Masters did on STARI. It can be treated with DOXYCYCLINE by the CDC and the Missouri Board of Healing Arts take exception to that type of treatment. For years, the CDC reflused to believe that Lyme disease even existed. If you are bit by a tick and have a "bulleye rash" appear get to a Doctor that knows something about Lyme or STARI....NOT your regular GP.

    August 30, 2012 at 21:23 | Report abuse | Reply
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    August 30, 2012 at 23:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. garland

    My wife had lyme, but it took her six months of her doctor refusing to check her. The treatment of 21 days of doxy is useless. I found a lyme specialist, whom treated her outside the norm. She was on antibotics for 1 1/2 years and finally got better.
    IF you have any lyme symptoms, get checked, and you don't need to have the bullseye rash( it only show 50%) of people with lyme.

    August 30, 2012 at 23:50 | Report abuse | Reply


    August 31, 2012 at 03:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • talladega

      Exactly........didn't that lab get moved to Kansas.????

      August 31, 2012 at 07:22 | Report abuse |
  47. Sean

    " just me " , really ? you sound like an idiot. I mean , whooo... you're a good one. jeesh, yeah, i quess it is just you.

    August 31, 2012 at 06:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Jorge

    This virus is suspected of causing severe fever-induced brain damage incapacitation in the bulk of the population in the many cases, but surprisingly enough, this has not been observed in a politician from that state who has been infected several times, which has generated a hypothesis that with him, the brain may not be a vital organ...

    August 31, 2012 at 09:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. tinahatley

    Could this virus cause allergy to Alpha-gal, a mammal glycoprotein associated with tick bites?

    August 31, 2012 at 11:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Colin

    "Both were hospitalized for about two weeks in 2009, and took about a month and a half to recovery fully" – fire the proof reader.

    August 31, 2012 at 16:37 | Report abuse | Reply
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