Feb 17, 2019 | Updated: 07:41 AM EST

Tick-borne Powassan May Hold The Worse Hike In This Season: Experts Warn US Citizens

May 04, 2017 07:40 AM EDT


The tick-borne disease has been one of the major terrible strikes throughout the United States in Summer. And according to experts this year may turn out to be furious as they predict more chances of life-threatening tick-borne Powassan throughout the country. The dangerous virus is majorly carried by three types of ticks namely Ixodes cookei, Ixodes marxi and Ixodes scapularis. The last one among these, also known as the deer tick, is most likely to attack humans and transmit Lyme disease as well.

According to CNN, Dr. Jennifer Lyons, chief of the Division of Neurological Infections and Inflammatory Diseases at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said that in comparison with the last few decades, this year could witness the worse hype of tick-borne Powassan, as the density of deer ticks have gone up to a remarkable level due to winter warmth and climate change.

Lyons also stated that about 15 percent of the humans infected by tick-borne Powassan would have a very sheer chance to survive and among the survivors, about 50 percent would suffer from rare and long-term neurological complexities. She also mentioned that there is no age bar for being infected with tick-borne driven Powassan. This life-risking virus can compromise anyone's health, from infants to aged ones.

KTLA 5 further reported that there is no certain vaccination tick-borne Powassan nor there is any sort of potential remedies. The best that one can do to avoid this terrible strike is by taking earlier prevention methods. For standard treatment of this terrible strike physicians mostly rely on intravenous fluids, antiviral medications, systemic corticosteroids and other drugs etc. as Lyons said "There are some experimental therapies we try when somebody comes in and they get here early enough and we get the therapy started early enough, but we have no idea if any of that works,"

Every year, the number of affirmed cases of Lyme disease due to tick-borne Powassan accounts nearly to 30,000 in the US, according to CDC's claims. But this season may prove to be superlative as Goudarz Molaei, a scientist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, predicted to see the worse range of similar cases throughout the nation all because of the budding increment of tick population.

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