Second Death from Heartland Virus Reported
the MPR take:
Heartland virus belongs to a family of viruses called phleboviruses. Studies suggest that ticks, specifically the Lone Star tick, may transmit the virus. Patients who had the disease presented with fever, fatigue, anorexia, nausea, or diarrhea. Some patients also had leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and mildly to moderately elevated liver enzymes. There are no available treatments but with supportive care most cases have fully recovered. One elderly patient with comorbidities had died from the virus previously.The death of the Oklahoma man marks the second known death. There is no routine testing available for Heartland virus.
An Oklahoma man has died after contracting the Heartland virus, marking the 10th known case and second known death from the tick-borne illness. The Oklahoma Health Department confirmed the death of a Delaware County resident aged 65, due to complications from the virus. The virus is likely spread through bites from infected Lone Star ticks, health officials said, and symptoms can range from fever to muscle aches to bruising easily.
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