Tuesday , August 16 2022

New Yorker dies of the Powassan virus. The tick-borne diseases are on the rise


  • New York reported the first fatal case this season of the Powassan virus, an incurable tick-borne disease.
  • Cases have been confirmed in New Jersey and Maine.
  • Powassan, which can cause fatigue and vomiting, as well as brain inflammation, is one of the many serious tick-borne diseases.
  • Visit the INSIDER homepage for more.

A resident of Gardiner, New York, has died after being first diagnosed with the rare tick-borne virus in the state for the first time this season, CNN reports. The victim had an underlying health condition, according to health officials.

There is no cure for the Powassan virus and it often has serious health consequences such as brain and spinal cord infection, leading to disorientation, seizures and loss of coordination and speech, according to the CDC.

Read more: 6 ways ticks can make you sick or kill you, from Lyme disease to Powassan

Early symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, vomiting and fatigue, which can occur anywhere from a week to a month after you have been bitten by an infected tick.

Infected people have about a 50% chance of permanent muscle or neurological damage, such as loss of power and memory problems, and a 10% chance of death, INSIDER reports.

Virus cases have also been detected in northern New Jersey and Maine, where the disease has not been observed since 2017, CNN reports.

In addition to the Powassan virus, ticks can cause a myriad of other serious illnesses, including Lyme disease.

Tick-borne diseases of all kinds are increasing in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, compared to more than 10,000 cases from 2016 to 2017.

The best way to stay safe is to protect yourself if you go hiking or spending time in a place where mites are common, which is usually grassy or wooded areas during the warm months. Use permethrin-treated clothing for outdoor work and use DEET-containing insect repellent. And, if you get a tick, take it out right away.

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