The latest collaboration between the Kansas Department of Health and Environment yielded positive results concerning the role played by both mosquitoes and ticks in spreading the new Bourbon virus.
Just this past summer, a Kansan allegedly died of the said virus. The virus was named Bourbon, which was the county of the first victim.
The cause of the death was not immediately apparent to health professionals since they were not sure whether it was really caused by the Bourbon virus or another virus. Blood tests showed that the altered blood count and the symptoms generally coincided with tick-borne virus. What confused the health professionals was that the patient consistently tested negative for tick related virus.
Fatigue and fever are two of the most prominent symptoms of Bourbon virus. Up to now, there is no known treatment for the said virus.
There’s an ongoing investigation and testing in relation to the ticks and insects, including residents who’ve manifested symptoms similar to Bourbon virus.
There’s a positive note to the ongoing investigation: health professionals say that there’s no way for the disease to spread during the winter season.
This should not be taken to mean that residents should not take precautionary measures. There are still some guidelines to follow in order to avoid contracting the virus while at the same time reducing its presence. Here are some of the things to remember.
- Avoid going to grassy areas
- Don’t wander into bushy or woody places.
- Don’t forget to apply insect repellents, especially on highly exposed parts of your body.
- Take a shower after getting back indoors.
- Check your screen doors and windows for any breaks, gaps, or holes.
- 7. Check your pests regularly for the presence of ticks.
- If possible, spray insecticide inside your homes. Use those which are nontoxic.