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Missouri resident tests positive for Bourbon virus

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A female deer tick is seen under a University of Rhode Island microscope in the entomoloy lab  (Credit: AP Photo / Victoria Arocho, File) A female deer tick is seen under a University of Rhode Island microscope in the entomoloy lab (Credit: AP Photo / Victoria Arocho, File)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A Missouri resident has tested positive for the Bourbon virus, which is transmitted by ticks.

Symptoms of the virus, which was first discovered in Bourbon County, Kansas in 2014, include body aches, rash, fatigue and fever. Most people make a full recovery, however, people over the age of 50 or those with chronic health problems are more likely to develop a serious illness, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Human Senior Services.

According to the health department, the person that tested positive for the virus did not travel outside of the state, which indicates the exposure occurred in Missouri. Health officials in the state are collecting ticks in Missouri to test for the Bourbon virus.

To prevent tick-borne diseases, avoiding exposure to ticks is critical, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

If a bite does occur, using these steps for the prompt removal of ticks can help prevent disease:

  • Using tweezers, grasp tick near its mouth and as close to your skin as possible.
  • Pull tick firmly, straight out, away from skin. Do not jerk or twist the tick.
  • Do NOT use alcohol, matches, liquid soap, or petroleum jelly to remove a tick.
  • Wash your hands and the bite site with soap and water after the tick is removed. Apply an antiseptic to the bite site. 

Click here for more information about the Bourbon virus.

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