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New 'Heartland' Virus Discovered In Sick Missouri Farmers (Ticks)
My Health News Daily ^ | 8-29-2012 | Rachael Rettner

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.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: disease; illness; ticks; virus

1 posted on 08/29/2012 8:13:41 PM PDT by blam
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To: Smokin' Joe

Pas It On.


2 posted on 08/29/2012 8:14:34 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Missouri? You’d think the farmers’ bodies would have a way of shutting that down...


3 posted on 08/29/2012 8:15:24 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: blam; neverdem; ProtectOurFreedom; Mother Abigail; EBH; vetvetdoug; Smokin' Joe; Global2010; ...
Bring Out Your Dead

Post to me or FReep mail to be on/off the Bring Out Your Dead ping list.

4 posted on 08/29/2012 8:17:42 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1318 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: blam

I swear I had nothing to do with this.


5 posted on 08/29/2012 8:18:41 PM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: Joe 6-pack

Being formerly from the upper midwest, I thought I was immune from Lyme. I got it last year.


6 posted on 08/29/2012 8:18:46 PM PDT by crz
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To: crz
Being formerly from the upper midwest, I thought I was immune from Lyme. I got it last year.

That reminds me of something: I know a girl who thought she was immune to poison ivy. She plowed through a bunch in shorts and sandals and nothing happened. She didn't realize that no one gets a reaction on the first time: you have to be sensitized first (and everyone does get sensitized eventually). So about a month later she again plowed through knee-high poison ivy for nearly an hour. Worst case I've ever seen by a huge margin.

Never assume you're immune to something just because you haven't gotten it before. It may be that you just haven't gotten it yet...
7 posted on 08/29/2012 8:25:37 PM PDT by verum ago (Be a bastard, and Karma'll be a bitch.)
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To: verum ago

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.


8 posted on 08/29/2012 8:32:23 PM PDT by crz
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To: crz
"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."

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.

9 posted on 08/29/2012 8:54:43 PM PDT by blam
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To: verum ago

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.


10 posted on 08/29/2012 8:55:32 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: blam
“...one man, a farmer, reported receiving an average of 20 tick bites a day...”

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.

11 posted on 08/29/2012 8:57:43 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Nervous Tick

Coming from someone who lives in MO I can categorically state that you are not a “legitimate” tick.


12 posted on 08/29/2012 9:14:11 PM PDT by badpacifist (Romney/Ryan Half right is better than all wrong)
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To: Ditter

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.


13 posted on 08/29/2012 10:18:12 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Ditter

Prescription corticosteroids seem to really help knock it down pretty fast for many folks.


14 posted on 08/29/2012 10:19:19 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Ditter

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.


15 posted on 08/29/2012 11:32:21 PM PDT by tsomer
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To: null and void

Thanks for the ping.


16 posted on 08/29/2012 11:53:52 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: count-your-change

Yeah. 100% DEET.


17 posted on 08/30/2012 1:32:46 AM PDT by Eagles6
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To: tsomer

I was spraying poison ivy myself, yesterday. Got a gallon of spray left over. I may have to hit it again this afternoon.


18 posted on 08/30/2012 3:58:12 AM PDT by american_ranger
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To: 2ndreconmarine; Fitzcarraldo; Covenantor; Mother Abigail; EBH; Dog Gone; ...
Pas It On.

I'm a bit tardy, but will do! Thanks, blam!

19 posted on 08/30/2012 6:44:31 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: tsomer
The last time I got poison ivy it was a small spot on my foot. It continued to act up on that spot for about 4 months and that is with shots and cream and pills from the dermatologist. It would send red streaks up my leg like blood poisoning. That scared me.

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.

20 posted on 08/30/2012 7:00:58 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: american_ranger
"I was spraying poison ivy myself, yesterday. Got a gallon of spray left over. I may have to hit it again this afternoon."

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.

21 posted on 08/30/2012 7:49:41 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: blam

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.


22 posted on 08/30/2012 8:23:08 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: blam

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.


23 posted on 08/30/2012 10:21:50 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: badpacifist

>> 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.


24 posted on 08/30/2012 4:25:32 PM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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To: null and void

On the Bring Out Your Dead ping list, please my dear Nully?


25 posted on 08/30/2012 6:06:02 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

Added!


26 posted on 08/30/2012 6:08:41 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1319 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: null and void

Thank you, sir!


27 posted on 08/30/2012 6:36:48 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

28 posted on 08/30/2012 7:08:21 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1319 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: Smokin' Joe

Thanks for the ping!


29 posted on 08/30/2012 9:06:10 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: null and void

Awww! You’re so cute! Polite, too.


30 posted on 08/31/2012 4:33:35 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Alamo-Girl

You’re Welcome, Alamo-Girl!


31 posted on 08/31/2012 5:46:47 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: blam
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 last I heard the great writer Amy Tam was suffering from lyme disease.
32 posted on 08/31/2012 6:01:08 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: verum ago; Ditter; blam
I’m severely allergic to poison ivy (and poison sumac, etc.) and each exposure to it is worse than the last. It’s not just the rash and itching at the exposure site, but I retain fluids, run a high fever and feel really sick and itch all over from it. The last few times I got poison ivy, I had to go on steroids to clear it up. I would also caution that even if the weed appears to be dead, the leaves appearing brown and dried, the oils that transmits the poison can still be present.

And bee, hornet and wasp stings are the same thing for me. The first one wasn’t 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 didn’t 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 wasn’t diagnosed until long after the bite she didn’t 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.

33 posted on 08/31/2012 6:35:05 AM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: TXnMA; american_ranger

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.


34 posted on 08/31/2012 11:37:56 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: MD Expat in PA
I would also caution that even if the weed appears to be dead, the leaves appearing brown and dried, the oils that transmits the poison can still be present.

My botany professor related to me the story of a famous English botanist (I can almost remember his name, but not quite) who got a rash after handling an herbarium specimen of poison ivy that was ~250 years old. It was stored sealed in a box and the guy took it out to look at it closer and got some of the urushiol on his hands. The irony of it is that urushiol slowly but steadily oxidizes in air- if the specimen hadn't been sealed (most herbaria specimens aren't), it would have been safe to handle! Many of the Anacardiaceae (the family poison ivy is in) specimens I saw in herbaria were laminated and sealed.
35 posted on 08/31/2012 11:51:51 AM PDT by verum ago (Be a bastard, and Karma'll be a bitch.)
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To: MD Expat in PA
"The pain at the sting site was unbearable for over a well over a week – like there was acid burning under my skin."

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!

36 posted on 08/31/2012 6:42:05 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Ditter
"Don’t spray poison ivy cut the stem close to the ground and pour a little bit of stump killer on the cut end."

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...

37 posted on 08/31/2012 6:52:21 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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For the record, I had nothing to do with this virus...


38 posted on 09/05/2012 1:50:28 PM PDT by Heartlander
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For the record, I had nothing to do with this virus...


39 posted on 09/05/2012 1:58:24 PM PDT by Heartlander
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