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For the second time this summer, Missouri has received national recognition for strange diseases.
Scientists had never seen the disease before two men from northwestern Missouri fell ill.
Flu activity in Missouri and Illinois continues to decline. Missouri has counted eight cases of tick-borne diseases. Neither state has reported any cases of mosquito-borne West Nile virus.
Both Missouri and Illinois downgraded their flu activity levels, meaning the virus is no longer widespread. Also this week, Missouri reported the first tick-borne diseases of the year, with eight cases of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (including two in St. Louis and one in St. Charles counties).
The first diseases of the early bug and bat season have shown up in Missouri and Illinois.