SPRINGFIELD, MO (07/06/17) - It’s called the bourbon virus. And it’s one of the rarest disease in the world that you can get in your own backyard!
“The Bourbon Virus is a tick born rna pathogen, which is a fancy word for that it’s a disease spread by ticks," says Cox's injury prevention educator Tom Emery.
Viruses in this group are found all over the world! And a few of these viruses can cause folks to get sick…and even die.
This has sparked attention after a deadly case in kansas…and most recently, one here in missouri.
The Centers for Disease Control has confirmed the presence of the Bourbon Virus in the state of Missouri. The rare disease was contracted just last week just 2 hours away from Springfield at the Meramec State Park.
Emery says there have been only eight known cases in U.S. history of the virus.
Emery says, "It’s unknown if there is a specific tick that carries this disease.”
Emery says some of the symptoms include: fever, muscle aches, nausea, and fatigue.
The CDC says the virus is primarily found in the Midwest.
To reduce your chances of getting bit by a tick, Emery and the CDC both agree that you should; stay out of tall grass, use repellents, wear light colored clothes, and check yourself regularly.
If you do have a tick, Emery says pull it out straight and don’t twist it.