Connecticut confirms 2 Powassan virus infections: What to know about tick-borne illness – Fox News

Health officials in Connecticut revealed the states first 2 cases of Powassan infection identified in 2021. The cases, which originate from a contaminated tick bite, involved clients between 50-79 years of age who fell ill throughout the 3rd week of April and needed hospitalization. The clients, one from Fairfield County and one from New Haven County, were treated for main nerve system illness and have actually given that been released and are recuperating. The state reported just 2 cases in 2015, and 10 cases overall spanning 2016-2020, two of which were fatal. “The identification of two Connecticut locals with Powassan infection associated disease highlights the requirement to take actions to prevent tick bites while ticks are most active, from now through the late fall,” Deidre S. Gifford, MD., MPH, the states acting department of public health commissioner, said in a statement. “Using insect repellent, avoiding locations where ticks are likely, and checking thoroughly for ticks after being outside can lower the opportunity of you or your children being contaminated with this virus.” TICK BITES ON THE RISE: HOW TO STAY SAFE AS YOU HEAD OUTDOORSPowassan infection is spread to individuals through the bite of a contaminated black-legged or deer tick, and can take anywhere from one week to one month later to begin affecting the main nerve system. According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health, about one out of 10 cases of serious illness are fatal, and roughly half of all survivors experience long term illness. Serious cases may first provide as fever, throwing up, headache and weak point prior to rapidly advancing to confusion, loss of coordination, difficulty speaking or seizures. There is no specific treatment, however encouraging treatment is offered to those with serious illnesses. While the virus is unusual, the variety of reported cases has actually increased in the last few years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said many cases occur in the excellent and northeastern Lakes region of the U.S. throughout the late spring and mid-fall, but because there is no vaccine and anybody can contract it, the very best avoidance is avoiding tick bites, the agency noted. CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGETick avoidance consists of understanding where to expect ticks, such as in grassy, brushy or woody locations and treating clothing and gear prior to going out. Utilizing EPA-registered bug spray, and walking in the center of the trails can also help keep you safe. Examining for ticks immediately after returning indoors by examining equipment, family pets, and yourself can assist, as can showering right after returning.