10% Of New Tick-Borne Illness Cases Fatal

Evrard Martin
Mai 15, 2017

Infections are most likely during late spring, early summer and mid-fall, when ticks are most active.

According to the CDC, other symptoms can include vomiting, memory loss, confusion and weakness.

Not all ticks carry lyme disease - so being bitten doesn't necessarily mean a person will be infected. The most common symptoms will be fever and headache.

"You basically feel nonspecific flu-like stuff", said Lyons, "muscle aches and pains; maybe you have a little rash on your skin, but nearly certainly, you'll have a fever and the headache". Lyons stated that these people often will have difficulty remaining conscious and their cognition and clear thinking could be affected adversely. "You may develop inability to breathe on your own", said Lyons. Just as there are no vaccines to prevent infection, there are also no treatments for Powassan. "We start to see a little more neurological symptoms".

The one bit of bright news is that Powassan is still relatively rare in Canada, says Dr. Matthew Gilmour, the scientific director general of the Public Health Agency of Canada's national microbiology laboratory. However, that number has increased over the years.

"Since ticks feed on mice and deer, anything that affects the tick, mouse or deer population could influence the number of Lyme cases", said Dr. Daniel Hart, an infectious disease specialist at Summit Medical Group.

Tick season is here and experts warn this year could be one of the worst yet. However, the biggest number of cases reported to the CDC in recent years have been from Wisconsin, Minnesota and NY.

The researchers released their preliminary findings in April and told the Bangor Daily News that "we were kind of surprised that we found as much as we did".

"Black-legged ticks can attach themselves to birds that fly into Oxford County", Heywood explained. The rise is attributed to two consecutive warm winters, CNN reports. "But it wasn't", Sikes said, recalling her history with a tick-borne illness.

It may say mosquito squad on the trucks but the "Mosquito Squad" in Laingsburg also takes care of ticks as well. That is because the current statistics about the virus are compiled from "people who developed severe disease".

Fun times, tan lines, and the threat of tick-borne diseases.

The virus was first identified in 1958 in Powassan, Ont., where a child who contracted the disease later died. In severe cases, the virus can lead to inflammation of the brain, known as encephalitis. Only 75 cases have been reported thus far - 20 in Minnesota over the past decade. A paper suggested that the virus might have been found in far eastern Russian Federation as well.

Dr Chris said a bite from a tick can cause a rash like a bull's eye.

Symptoms can appear in less than a week after a tick bite, according to experts.

"Not everybody gets the rash and that's important to know", LePage said. For comparison, in 2015 there were 28,453 cases of confirmed Lyme disease across the United States, along with 9,616 probable cases, per the CDC.

If you've been outside, look all over and remove the tick as soon as you can. If you go into woods or high grass, be sure to wear insect repellent with DEET, and check yourself from head-to-toe afterward.

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