Symptoms Of The Powassan Virus

The Powassan virus is transmitted by ticks which makes it similar to Lyme disease. Unlike Lyme disease, you can get this disease very fast, usually within 15 minutes of a tick bite. Thankfully, this disease is rare and only 7 or so people get it each year in the United States. One of the reasons this virus is so rare is that most people who have been infected with it produce antibodies so quickly that they don’t even know that they have been infected with this virus. Read on to learn more about the Powassan virus.

If you are unlucky enough to catch this virus there are certain symptoms that you will notice if you have this disease. Many people with this virus experience headaches, fever, vomiting, memory issues, lack of coordination and even seizures. If the virus gets to your nervous system you might end up with meningitis which is very serious and can even be fatal. About 10 percent of people who get this virus end up dying.

People who recover from this virus often end up with lasting issues that can make life miserable like terrible headaches, memory issues, and muscle wasting. If you are experiencing any symptoms of this disease it is very important that you get medical treatment right away. Your doctor will administer a test to determine if you have it.

Keeping yourself protected from ticks is so important because there are so many diseases you can get from them. If you are going to be in an area that has ticks you need to wear long sleeves and cover your legs. Always inspect yourself and your pets for ticks before you go back your car, home, or tent. If you have been bitten by a tick and you notice a rash around your tick bite, seee your doctor right away.

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