Is the Tick-borne Powassan Virus on the Rise in NJ?

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Ticks are known for carrying viruses that can cause serious illness, including Lyme Disease. Health officials in New Jersey are also tracking the occurrences of a potentially fatal tick-borne disease called Powassan virus.

In 2013, a 51-year-old woman in Warren County, NJ died after contracting this virus, which can cause brain inflammation, or encephalitis. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that Powassan virus is still rare in the US, health officials in NJ are concerned that it might be on the rise in the state.

Two types of ticks, groundhog ticks and deer ticks, can transmit this virus, and both types of ticks have been found in NJ. Deer ticks are common in many different parts of the state, while groundhog ticks have only been found in Monmouth and Hunterdon Counties so far.

In addition to being potentially life-threatening, Powassan virus is also transmitted at a much faster pace than other tick-borne illnesses, such as Lyme Disease. Powassan virus can be transmitted within hours, while Lyme Disease typically takes a couple of days. NJ health officials will continue keeping a close eye on the spread of Powassan virus. In the meantime, they urge NJ residents to reduce their risk of exposure to ticks.

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