Ticks might not be among the most common reasons to hire NJ pest control services, but these pests are posing an even bigger danger to homeowners in the state. Researchers have found that ticks are capable of transmitting an illness that attacks human brains.
There haven’t been that many cases of the Powassan virus, which is spread through tick bites, but the cases that do occur are usually very serious. In 10 percent of cases, patients with this virus die and in 50 percent of cases, patients ended up with permanent disability.
It’s also important to note that it only takes about 15 minutes for this virus to spread from a tick bite, while Lyme disease takes about 24 hours. This shorter transmission time makes Powassan virus even more dangerous. Keep in mind that there aren’t any vaccines available to lower your risk of it or any medications for treating it.
Higher Tick Populations
The other bad news is that a rainy winter with warmer weather has led to an increase in tick populations. If you go outside in wooded areas or fields, stay covered to reduce your risk of being bitten by a tick. Check your skin after being outside in your own yard just to be safe.
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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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Most Ocean County, New Jersey residents don’t start thinking about ticks and the disease risk they pose until June; but it was early May when a 51-year-old Warren County woman died from a tick bite. The tick-borne disease the woman contracted, Powassan virus, an encephalitis virus that causes inflammation of the brain, is so rare only eight other cases were diagnosed in the U.S. last year; but it was also the first known case of this tick-borne virus ever reported in New Jersey.
The disease is spread by the black-legged tick, commonly known in New Jersey as the deer tick, and the woodchuck tick, which is more commonly found in the woods of Maine and Northern New England. The two tick species are so similar in appearance that they can only be differentiated under a microscope.
It’s the Time of Year Ticks Become Active
The appearance of this tick-borne disease in New Jersey is one more reason to be on the lookout for ticks on shoes, clothing and skin after spending time outdoors. Ticks are often associated with wooded areas and tall grass, but these tiny insects can be carried into your Monmouth or Ocean County yard by pets, birds, squirrels and other wildlife.
New Jersey Tick Removal Tips
Several species of ticks inhabit New Jersey, and can cause several diseases, including Lyme disease. Ticks transmit disease while feeding on the blood of animals or people. Ticks should be removed as soon as possible when found. (Click here to find out how to remove a tick safely.) Preserve the tick in a tightly-sealed container and take it to your physician or local health department to be tested for disease. Early treatment can prevent often debilitating symptoms.