Heartland Virus

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9:29 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Mysterious new 'Heartland Virus' discovered in Missouri

Two men from northwestern Missouri became ill after tick bites infected them with a previously unknown virus.
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Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 8:42 am

Two Missouri farmers have been infected with a brand-new tick-borne virus that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling the Heartland virus.

The men recovered but suffered serious illness that required hospital care and weeks of convalescence. Symptoms included fever, severe fatigue, headache and nausea. Their platelet counts plummeted, but even though platelets are necessary for blood clotting, the men didn't suffer abnormal bleeding.

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