Powassan virus (POW) starts with fever, vomiting, seizures and memory loss. About half of survivors have permanent neurological symptoms and 10% of all cases are fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms usually show up one week or a month after the tick bite. No vaccines or medications are available to treat or prevent the virus infection, the CDC reports. About 75 cases of POW virus disease were reported in the United States, mostly in the northeastern and Great Lakes regions, over the past 10 years. The CDC is warning, due to recent strange weather this past year, ticks carrying the life-threatening Powassan virus are now moving further south. The rise is attributed to two consecutive warm winters, CNN reports.
You can reduce your risk of being infected with POW virus by using bug repellents with DEET, wearing long sleeves and pants, avoiding bushy and wooded areas, and doing thorough tick checks after spending time outdoors. Don’t let ticks stop you and your family from enjoying this beautiful East Tennessee weather, call Preferred Pest, Termite & Turf at 865-297-3789. Preferred Pest offers multiple solutions for spraying your yard to stop unwanted pests from invading and attacking your home and love ones.