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KSHB TV Kansas: New tick-borne virus discovered after the death of Kansas man

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December 17th, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A new, never before seen virus has been discovered in Kansas.

The CDC is now investigating after the tick-borne illness, dubbed “Bourbon Virus,” was linked to the death of a Kansas man.

Up until recently, the man’s death remained a mystery. Now, doctors at the University of Kansas Hospital think this discovery may help others.

It’s estimated 300,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Lyme disease every year. It’s an illness spread by ticks.

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