Awareness of ticks and the threat of Lyme disease comes with the territory for those who spend a fair amount of time in the Northeast outdoors. But ticks can carry diseases far worse than Lyme, including the terrifying Powassan virus.
The Bangor Daily News blog Journeys Over a Hot Stove recently ran an article examining the Powassan virus. According to the article, the virus can cause symptoms similar to encephalitis, including seizures, brain swelling, and loss of consciousness, and in 10% of the cases, death. Half the patients who survive suffer permanent and debilitatingly severe neurological damage.
And don’t forget the bug spray.