Skip to comments.New 'Heartland' Virus Discovered In Sick Missouri Farmers (Ticks)
Posted on 08/29/2012 8:13:24 PM PDT by blam
New 'Heartland' Virus Discovered In Sick Missouri Farmers
Aug 29, 2012 5:00 PM ET
Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Staff Writer
Two men in Missouri who became severely ill after sustaining tick bites were found to be infected with a new type of virus, according to a study from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Both men were admitted to hospitals after experiencing high fevers, fatigue, diarrhea and loss of appetite. They were originally thought to be suffering from a bacterial infection, but doubts arose when they didn't improve after being treated with antibiotics.
Further tests revealed their blood contained a new virus, which the researchers dubbed the Heartland virus. It belongs to a group called phleboviruses, which are carried by flies, mosquitoes or ticks, and can cause disease in humans.
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Because the Heartland virus causes such general symptoms, it could be "a more common cause of human illness than is currently recognized," the researchers wrote in the Aug. 30 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
More studies are needed to identify the natural hosts of the virus, learn how many people are infected with it and find risk factors for infection, McMullan said.
Because both men experienced tick bites shortly before they became ill one man, a farmer, reported receiving an average of 20 tick bites a day the researchers said it's likely that the Heartland virus is spread by ticks, although more research is needed to confirm this.
The new virus's closest relative is another tick-borne phlebovirus, called SFTS virus, which was identified last year in China, and causes death in 12 percent of cases.
The Missouri men, who were both infected in 2009, recovered after 10 to 12 days in the hospital, although one of the men has reported recurrent headaches and fatigue in the two years since his hospitalization.
The researchers suspect a species of tick commonly found in Missouri, called Amblyomma americanum, is one of the hosts of the Heartland virus.
For now, taking precautions to prevent tick bites is the best way to avoid the virus, McMullan said. To prevent tick bites, the CDC recommends using repellents that contain 20 percent or more DEET, as well as avoiding wooded areas or areas with high grass.
Pass it on: The Heartland virus is a new species of virus that can cause severe illness in people, and appears to be carried by ticks.
Pas It On.
Missouri? You’d think the farmers’ bodies would have a way of shutting that down...
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I swear I had nothing to do with this.
Being formerly from the upper midwest, I thought I was immune from Lyme. I got it last year.
It is not what lyme does in the beginning. It is what it will do to you over time. They did not even bother with the tests. It was a classic rash and I was put on antibiodics post haste.
I have had ticks stuck on me a million times.
Lyme is a very serious and scary disease...often, it's years later after the tick bite that things go terribly wrong.
I'm suprised that more isn't made of this disease by medical experts. Mostly, they want to deny it's present in a community.
The same thing happened to me with poison ivy. I pulled it down with my hands carelessly until........ I got my first rash. Now I am so allergic to it I can’t even get near it. The last time I had it, it took months of treatment to clear it up.
duh...I've lived where the tick population was severe and we always used repellent...just good common sense.
Twenty bites a day from anything might produce illness.
Coming from someone who lives in MO I can categorically state that you are not a “legitimate” tick.
It’s the urishiol oil that you’re allergic to in the posion ivy/oak/sumac family.
The outer husks and rinds of mangoes will also cause allregic reactions as they are in this family of plants too, they have urishiol oil in those parts of the plant. Inside deeper in the sweet fruit they don’t.
Prescription corticosteroids seem to really help knock it down pretty fast for many folks.
Same here. For years I never had anything more than a mild rash, though I was usually careful. Then, about two years I broke out on one of my legs. It was hellish.
Then I went out to the hardware store and bought some weed killer. This is about the third year of my Poison Ivy Jihad and I’ve down to an occasional sprig here and there; I soak it with weed killer, and this gives me a good feeling.
Odd that sensitivity can develop so quickly. I used to get allergy shots, and they worked. The idea was that exposure would decrease the reaction. I guess it’s a matter of how much and when.
I’ve heard the Lyme’s disease works the same way; it’s not the bug that causes the problem but the immune system going awry.
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Yeah. 100% DEET.
I was spraying poison ivy myself, yesterday. Got a gallon of spray left over. I may have to hit it again this afternoon.
I'm a bit tardy, but will do! Thanks, blam!
I learned how to kill the vines, cut through the stem close to the ground and pour straight weed killer or stump killer on the cut. That’ll kill it! Forget the spraying.
Wait a few days. The leaves on the stuff you sprayed will turn yellow -- then you can easily see what still needs to be sprayed.
What those farmers need to do is to contact “Rent A Big Flock O’ Ducks, Inc.”
Ducks will clear a large area of a heavy infestation of ticks in about a week. They are very thorough. Unless there are tall bushes or trees for the ticks to hide it, they, along with most other insects, will be cleared out.
NE Mississippi in the Spring is a bad time for ticks here. This Spring, I would spray the DEET and even put coal oil on hay strings around my feet before working in the woods. I still found several ticks on me at night. This year has been extremely bad.
>> I can categorically state that you are not a legitimate tick.
You have a lot of nerve, FRiend. You don’t even KNOW my parents.
That really hurtz.
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And bee, hornet and wasp stings are the same thing for me. The first one wasnt so bad but each subsequent sting is worse than the last. The last time I was stung by a wasp on my finger a few years ago, my hand swelled up to over the size of a soft ball. My throat didnt close up but I noticed that I was breathing more heavily after an hour or so and that my eye lids swelled and that I itched all over my body. The swelling and redness went from my finger and hand and all the way up past my elbow. The pain at the sting site was unbearable for over a well over a week like there was acid burning under my skin.
As far as Lyme disease, a friend of mine contracted it but wasnt diagnosed until long after the bite she didnt know she had. She suffered for nearly a year with the debilitating symptoms until she was properly diagnosed due to a lab test and given treatment (anti-biotics) for it. But she now has arthritis in her joints that will probably never go away and she is only in her mid thirties.
Don’t spray poison ivy cut the stem close to the ground and pour a little bit of stump killer on the cut end. It will go down to the root and kill it. Some of us are so sensitive to the spray that if we breathe it, it would kill us.
I remember a few years ago a professional football player was spraying his lawn with weed killer and it closed up his throat and he died.
Most people wouldn’t be hurt by it but some of us react in serious ways.
That is exactly what was happening. The primary poison in most wasp, bee, and ant stings is formic acid, the simplest (single carbon) organic acid, HCOOH.
I don't react allergically to it, but I've had a couple of red wasp stings on my fingers, and they feel (and my body reacts) exactly as if they were electric shocks...
Back in the "prehistoric" days of wringer washing machines, I was always getting stung (knocking wasp nests down to get the larvae for fish bait). My mother's home remedy was "bluing" -- the blue liquid added to the wash to brighten whites. It worked -- because a main ingredient was ammonium hydroxide (NH4OH -- a base that neutralizes acids).
I now keep a bottle of household ammonia around for the same purpose... Apply immediately -- IT WORKS!
That method is, indeed, best for small infestations -- but I'm dealing with 65 acres of forested land. I frequently work from my tractor, spray after I've "bush-hogged" (leaving short, cut stems), stay upwind, and use a narrow stream from the pump sprayer. Ortho "Brush-B-Gon", properly diluted, seems to be doing the job...
For the record, I had nothing to do with this virus...
For the record, I had nothing to do with this virus...