Click to Translate to English Click to Translate to French  Click to Translate to Spanish  Click to Translate to German  Click to Translate to Italian  Click to Translate to Japanese  Click to Translate to Chinese Simplified  Click to Translate to Korean  Click to Translate to Arabic  Click to Translate to Russian  Click to Translate to Portuguese


Forum Home Forum Home > Disease Outbreaks: U.S. Local Discussion > Select Your State
  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - Great Lakes: Powassan Fears
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Online Discussion: Tracking new emerging diseases and the next pandemic

Great Lakes: Powassan Fears

 Post Reply Post Reply
Author
Message
Technophobe View Drop Down
Senior Moderator
Senior Moderator
Avatar

Joined: January 16 2014
Location: Scotland
Status: Offline
Points: 39660
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Technophobe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Great Lakes: Powassan Fears
    Posted: May 04 2018 at 5:00am

Tick Seasons Sparks Concern For Powassan Virus Along Great Lakes

By Angelica Morrison 2 hours ago

When the weather gets warm and tick season starts, most people worry about Lyme disease. But some Great Lakes states are a hot spot for another dangerous tick-borne disease: the Powassan Virus.

Powassan triggers symptoms like fever, headache, vomiting, seizures and brain swelling, and is potentially fatal.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, states along the Great Lakes have seen dozens of reported cases of the virus from 2007 to 2016.

So far, there have been 25 reported cases in Minnesota, 20 in Wisconsin, and 17 in New York since 2007, according to the CDC. Meanwhile, some states reported only one case.

But experts say not to worry.

Bryon Backenson, an epidemiologist with the N.Y. Health Department, says the number of Powassan cases isn’t so large when you consider how many tick bites happen overall – between 30,000 and 40,000 per year.  

“In some ways, what you should be concerned about when you’re out and about is the tick, not necessarily the disease, so there are a lot of precautionary measures that people can take,” he said. “Those include things like using repellant, walking in the center of paths, as opposed to brushing along the edges.”

No one knows why there are more cases in the Great Lakes states. Cornell University’s Laura Goodman, who works on a project that screens ticks for diseases like Powassan, says climate change could be a factor, because warmer winters extend the life cycle of ticks.

And she says folks should be on the lookout for more ticks this year.

“Every indication is that we’re going to have lots of ticks this summer,” she said. “We’re already seeing them being submitted this year we’ve already had ticks removed off of people and animals this spring.”

Experts say the quicker you can detect and remove the tick, the less likely you are to get a tick-borne disease.


Source:   http://radio.wosu.org/post/tick-seasons-sparks-concern-powassan-virus-along-great-lakes#stream/0


Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Quick Reply
Name:

Message:
   NoFollow is applied to all links from this forum
 Enable BBcodes
Security Code:
Code Image - Please contact webmaster if you have problems seeing this image code  Refresh Refresh Image
Powered by Web Wiz CAPTCHA version 4.04 wwf
Copyright ©2005-2013 Web Wiz
Please enter the Security Code exactly as shown in image format.
Cookies must be enabled on your web browser.

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down