Powassan Virus | Encephalitis Virus Found In Local Ticks
The article below validates what I have espoused for years, that surely any vector with capability of injecting the blood of rats, mice, raccoons, skunks, deer and other mammals into the bloodstream of humans will prove to be the causation of human infections yet unknown. We comprehend but the tip of the iceberg regarding mosquito and tick-borne infections. With each new decade, Americans develop more toxin-induced immune-suppression leaving them more vulnerable to pestilence.
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Encephalitis virus found in local ticks
First there was Lyme disease.
Then came two malaria-like infectious diseases, babesiosis and anaplasmosis.
Now a new study indicates that an unexpectedly high percentage of black-legged ticks in the mid-Hudson Valley also carry a virus that can cause swelling of the brain and, in some cases, death. The study, published today in the journal Parasites and Vectors, found a variant of the virus responsible for Powassan encephalitis was present in ticks collected over a five-year period in Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, Westchester, Orange, Rockland and Sullivan counties.
The rates of infection among the ticks were higher on the eastern side of the Hudson River, as high as 6 percent among the dozens of sites that were sampled. Those rates of infection are low when compared to the percentage of local ticks found with the Lyme disease pathogen, which has been as high as 50 percent in some areas of the mid-Hudson Valley.
However, Powassan encephalitis has far greater health hazards, including disruption to the central nervous system, encephalitis and meningitis. About 10 to 15 percent of reported cases result in death.
“Definitely this disease is scary, no question about that,” said Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook and a co-author of the study.
What’s more, the virus can be transmitted to humans in as little as 15 minutes…
By John Ferro, Poughkeepsie Journal
July 15, 2013
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