This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it is looking into the discovery of a new virus, known as the Bourbon virus, which may have contributed to the death of a previously healthy man in eastern Kansas in late spring 2014.
The agency published a study last week which outline the progression of the man’s illness and the actions taken by CDC, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), and University of Kansas Medical Center (UKMC) to treat and investigate his case.
The article was published today in CDC’s Emerging Infectious Diseases journal and is available at: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/21/5/15-0150_article.
The Bourbon virus, so named for the county where the patient lived, is part of a group of viruses called thogotoviruses.
According to the agency, this is the first time a virus in this group has been shown to cause human illness in the United States.
Thogotoviruses historically have been linked to ticks or mosquitoes in parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa. As such, researchers believe that the Bourbon virus might also be spread through tick or other insect bites. The Kansas man had received multiple tick bites in the days before becoming ill.