On Thursday, the health officials at Ulster County informed about an extremely rare virus spread by a fatal tick bite is spread across New York. As unbelievable as it sounds, these ticks can kill you.
The virus is called the Powassan virus. It is rare and fatal. Furthermore, the Ulster County Health Department informed, no antibiotics can seem to treat the ill effects of this virus.
Recently this year, an inhabitant of Gardiner, New York, was reported as the very first patient diagnosed with Powassan virus from tick bite in the state.
The Authorities at the Ulster County are strictly advising the residents of the country to be extra careful regarding tick bite. The alertness from these ticks is vital for the protection of this life-threatening virus.
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Ulster County Commissioner of Health and Mental Health, Doctor Carol Smith shared, the residents should take all the necessary precautions to counter these diseases carried by ticks. These ticks tend to attack during outdoor activities. People should vigilantly protect themselves and their pets from tick bite.
Fatal tick bite- Precautions
Doctor Smith also suggested that the people who necessarily spend a significant amount of time outdoors should prefer light-colored clothing. Besides, she suggested commuting via well-traveled routes.
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Apart from that she strongly recommends the usage of insect or mosquito repellent creams. Repellent creams containing DEET are preferred.
Maximum cases occur in the Northeast as well as the Great Lakes regions. The ticks are most active during the late spring to the mid-fall.
The Powassan virus – symptoms
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CDC informed the common symptoms of the patient affected by the Powassan virus. The frequently found symptoms include,
- Loss of coordination
- Memory loss
- Speech problems
However, people have different immunity hence symptoms, and their extent varies from person to person. Similar symptoms also indicate encephalitis and meningitis as well. In case of any such symptoms, one should immediately consult a doctor.
Last year, the US witnessed more than twenty cases of the Powassan virus disease spread by fatal tick bite, according to the records of US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
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