Powassan – a New Tick-Borne Disease Has Faster Transmission Time

New Diseases Carried by Ticks
New Diseases Carried by Ticks

Ticks infesting your yard are never a good thing and as known carriers of the Powassan virus, they can pose a big problem for your health.

This virus has been around for a few years but wasn’t tagged as a major health concern because many people who were bitten and infected didn’t develop symptoms. This doesn’t mean that the virus isn’t dangerous.

Powassan is a disease transmitted by deer ticks. It’s symptoms are worse than Lyme Disease and there’s no cure. One property that makes Powassan more problematic is that the virus can be passed from a deer tick to a human in less than 15 minutes.

For some, Powassan has the potential to result in long-lasting neurological damage or even death. Symptoms are similar to those of meningitis or encephalitis and can take anywhere from one week to one month for symptomatic signs to develop after you’ve been bitten.

The symptoms to look for include headaches, fever and vomiting, along with weakness, loss of memory, and impairment of speech and coordination. The Powassan virus can also lead to swelling in the brain.

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