A Deadly New Virus Killed A Man After He Was Bitten By A Tick (Panic A Little)

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There are many reasons not to mess around with forests, especially because they are crawling with ticks. A tick bite itself is painless, since ticks release painkillers through their saliva. However, tick-borne diseases are no laughing matter. Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia, and even the rare ehrlichiosis can all be transmitted through tick bites.

A man came down with a virus last year that no scientist could identify. He perished 11 days after a tick made contact with his skin. Although this is the first case ever recorded, experts say there may be more people who are infected, but do not know it yet.

A man in his 50s was doing some outdoor work in his hometown of Bourbon, Kentucky. The next day, he found multiple tick bites on his body, including one particularly swollen bite on his shoulder.

A man in his 50s was doing some outdoor work in his hometown of Bourbon, Kentucky. The next day, he found multiple tick bites on his body, including one particularly swollen bite on his shoulder.

The man quickly began experiencing a fever and sought medical attention. They sent him home with antibiotics for a mild, likely tick-related illness.

The man quickly began experiencing a fever and sought medical attention. They sent him home with antibiotics for a mild, likely tick-related illness.

His symptoms worsened and he returned to the hospital. His heart rate and blood pressure increased. He began losing consciousness. After some tests revealed his white blood cell count was decreasing, doctors knew this was a disease they had yet to encounter.

His symptoms worsened and he returned to the hospital. His heart rate and blood pressure increased. He began losing consciousness. After some tests revealed his white blood cell count was decreasing, doctors knew this was a disease they had yet to encounter.

The man died after experiencing multiple organ failure.

The man died after experiencing multiple organ failure.

After some postmortem analysis of the victim”s blood, scientists discovered a previously unknown virus related to the flu virus. They named this new species the “Bourbon virus” after where it was found.

After some postmortem analysis of the victim

(via IFLScience)

Scientists say that although this is the first case reported, it is very possible this wasn”t the only case. It also won”t be the last. Time to wear bug repellent, everyone!

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