Protect yourself while still enjoying the outdoors!
We all know that ticks can cause Lyme disease, but did you know that, according to recent reports, health officials say researchers have found that one-percent of ticks in Vermont carry a potentially deadly virus called Powassan (POW).
Health officials say the virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected tick. People with severe cases most often need to be hospitalized to deal with confusion, seizures, memory loss, and even swelling of the brain.
According to Vermont’s infectious disease epidemiologist Bradley Tompkins, the ticks that tested positive for Powassan were found in Chittenden and Windsor counties in the spring of 2016.
See more information at the CDC powassan page.
Download a slide show for basic information to know about ticks, lyme disease, and prevention:
Deer Tick Slide Show by Ami Norton
And view information on prevention and precautions at the CDC lyme disease page.