Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Scientists are still learning about possible symptoms caused by this relatively new virus. People diagnosed with Bourbon virus disease had symptoms including fever, fatigue, rash, headache, other body aches, nausea, and vomiting. They also had lower than normal counts of white blood cells (cells that help fight infections) and lower than normal counts of platelets (which help prevent bleeding).

If you think you or someone in your family may have been infected with Bourbon virus, talk to your healthcare provider about your symptoms. There are blood tests available to help determine if someone was infected.

There is no medicine to prevent or treat Bourbon virus disease. Antibiotics do not treat viruses. Mild symptoms can be treated with over-the-counter medicines, like pain relievers. Some patients may need to be hospitalized and given intravenous fluids and treatment for pain and fever.