This article was recently published on The Telegram.com. We felt is was very important and informative. Ticks are a serious health threat. Most people are aware that ticks can carry and pass Lyme Disease, but there are other serious threats they can harbor.
Lyme disease is not the only danger from ticks
Massachusetts has not had any reported cases of Bourbon virus, a rare, incurable tick-borne disease discovered in 2014 that killed a Missouri woman last month.
But the state is seeing an increase in the number of people contracting Powassan virus, another serious illness transmitted by the black-legged or deer tick, commonly thought of as a carrier of Lyme disease.
Powassan virus is more dangerous than Lyme, which is a bacterial disease that can be treated successfully with antibiotics if caught early.
There is, however, no treatment for Powassan virus. Two cases have proven fatal on Cape Cod.
The disease is also transmitted by the groundhog, or woodchuck, tick. Symptoms include headache, fever, vomiting, weakness, confusion, memory loss, seizures and long-term neurological problems. The most dangerous form of the illness can lead to encephalitis, meningitis and death.
The virus was first diagnosed in 1958 in Powassan, Ontario, in a 5-year-old boy who died from encephalitis. The first case reported in the U.S. was in a New Jersey woman in 1972. It was 2005 when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention required clinicians to report cases of Powassan to the CDC via state health departments.
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