Bourbon Virus

What is Bourbon Virus?

Bourbon virus belongs to a group of viruses called thogotoviruses.Bourbon virus endocytosis (EID 2015 Fig 2d)

How is Bourbon Virus Transmitted

So far research has shown it is transmitted through tick and other insect bites. [source]

Where have Cases been Found?

Most of the cases of Bourbon Virus have been in the Midwest. Ticks spread and with global warming and their travel on birds and rodents will continue to spread. So far there have been cases in Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas.

What are the Symptoms of Bourbon Virus?

  • fever
  • fatigue
  • rash
  • headache
  • body aches
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • low blood counts for cells that fight infection and help prevent bleeding

Prevention of Bourbon Virus

So far the best way to prevent Bourbon Virus is to avoid ticks. Make sure to avoid grassy, bushy or woody areas. Stick to trails. Wear insect repellent. Perform tick checks and properly remove ticks if found. Click here for more prevention methods.

The Unknown Facts Yet with Bourbon VirusBourbon virus filament (EID 2015 Fig 2a)

  • They are still working on testing to detect Bourbon Virus according to the CDC.
  • Scientists are unsure if Bourbon Virus can affect animals.
  • There is no cure for Bourbon Virus. Patients are usually hospitalized and put on IV to hydrate patient.

Know Facts about Bourbon Virus

  • It can be fatal.
  • The virus was discovered in 2014.
  • The Bourbon virus was first identified in a previously healthy man aged more than 50 years from Bourbon County, Kansas,  who subsequently died from it.
  • As of 2017, there have been five confirmed cases since 2014.
  • The CDC is trying to develop investigational diagnostic tests for Bourbon virus infection.

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