An American farmer died suddenly last summer, but it took six months for the Center For Disease Control (CDC) to determine that the disease likely came from a tick bite. He was infected with a virus that officials are referring to as the "Bourbon Virus" — named for the Kansas county in which this farmer was infected. 

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He's the first and only victim of this mysterious virus — Dr. Dana Hawkinson of The University Of Kansas Hospital states that no virus like this one has ever been identified in the Western hemisphere. Unfortunately for this man, viruses are not affected by antibiotics, which would have left him without a treatment regardless of whether he knew he was infected. 

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