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A doctor says a virus found in Missouri in 2009 appears to be showing up in other states.

Dr. Scott Folk, director of adult infectious diseases at Heartland Clinic in St. Joseph, says the Heartland virus discovered 2009 was initially thought to be confined to the region.

But he told The St. Joseph News-Press that new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates the Heartland Virus may extend through more of the nation than initially thought.

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A new virus has been discovered in northwest Missouri, where in June 2009 it sickened two men who live miles apart.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says so far it's unclear what causes the virus, which is called the Heartland virus. The CDC says an investigation is under way to determine if the illness stems from bites from ticks or other insects.

Symptoms of Heartland virus include fever, diarrhea and fatigue. Both patients were treated at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph and recovered after about a month.

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A new viral disease has been found in Missouri. That’s according to a report out of the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The virus, named the Heartland virus, was first observed in two northwest Missouri farmers. Scott Folk is the Director of Infectious Diseases at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, and is a co-author on the study. He first diagnosed the two farmers with a bacterial disease called erlichiosis, which symptoms include fever, muscle fatigue, headache and nausea.