heartland virus

Science, Health and Technology
4:58 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

New tick disease discovered in Missouri

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Federal health investigators have confirmed that ticks carry a new virus that sickened two Missouri men.

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Science, Health and Technology
8:29 am
Mon September 17, 2012

New virus pegged to NW Missouri

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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.

Under the Microscope
6:14 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Livestock producers want less corn in your gas

Corn being unloaded from a truck will begin the process of converting to ethanol at the Lincoln Energy Plant in Iowa.
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Livestock producers are watching their feed costs rise with corn prices and taking their concerns to Washington D.C. The Environmental Protection Agency is under pressure from livestock groups and some rural lawmakers to curb corn prices and ease livestock producer worries by suspending the federal ethanol mandate.

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Science, Health and Technology
6:07 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

New 'Heartland Virus' is discovered in Missouri

Two Missouri farmers fell ill with a new disease after being bitten by ticks.
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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.

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