Deadly Tick Virus
Summertime is tick season. Ticks are familiar to most, especially dog owners. A common disease that ticks are known for carrying is Lyme disease. Unfortunately, there is a fatal virus that is getting a lot of attention throughout the nation. Powassan (POW) virus is transferred to humans through a tick bite as well, but its effects are far more deadly. Typically, this disease is transmitted to individuals in the Great Lakes and Northeastern region of the United States.
Signs and Symptoms
A few signs and symptoms to be aware of include: vomiting, headache, fever, fatigue, seizers, confusion and memory loss. In more severe cases long -term neurologic issues may ensue. If you think you or a family member may have contracted POW then contact your healthcare provider immediately
Reduce the odds of infection by wearing long pants and sleeves, use tick repellent, and avoid wooded and forested areas. Remember; always check for ticks after spending time outdoors.
Allen School of Health Sciences Medical Assistant and Nursing Assistant students we want you to enjoy these warmer months, but also remain informed about viruses like POW. By staying in the know it helps to keep you and your loved ones safe. Learn more about POW on Center of Disease Control and Prevention website.