- The icky tick
Ticks are small, blood-sucking arthropods related to spiders, mites and scorpions. They can feed on the blood of different animals but also on human blood. Don’t be careless like this farmer, he found out about these parasites, but it was too late.
- Mysterious Death
After the bite, he died without any sign or a symptom, but after further investigation and examination of his cause of death, they found out what it really was.
- Bourbon Virus
Nonetheless, he was diagnosed to be infected but this virus called “ Bourbon Virus” because of the village this farmer lived in. This is the only case of this kind of infection.
- Seen in Other Countries
Its genome is similar to viruses that have been found in Europe, Africa and Asia and at this time, it’s not known if the virus might be found in other areas of the United States.
However, you should know that there is no vaccine or drug to prevent or treat Bourbon virus disease. Therefore, preventing bites from ticks and other insects may be the best way to prevent infection.