Powassan Virus

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The Ixodes cookei tick that carries the POWV.

The Powassan virus is a tick-bourne encephalitis virus. It is commonly carried by the tick Ixodes cookei, but could also be carried by Ixodes scapulari. These ticks are mainly found in Northwest America, but can be spread in a wider geographic area. Because it is a virus, the Powassan virus cannot be treated with anitibiotics. Therefore, it is important to prevent tick bites!

The first death related to the Powassan virus occurred back in 2011 and was recorded in Minnesota. This article talks about the symptoms of Powassan encephalitis and other cases that have occurred from this virus.

Please read this article and keep yourself and your family safe and informed!

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Is chronic illness in patients with Lyme disease caused by persistent infection?

tick mechanismDecades of research has been able to reveal mechanisms and proposed mechanisms of how the bacteria Borrelia is able to evade human immune defenses and aggressive antibiotic regimens. This research has been used to further look into the question of whether chronic illness in patients with Lyme Disease is due to persistent infection. No definitive evidence has been found, but research continues to grow and provide light on how Borrelia behaves in the human body.

This article has reviewed the research from previous decades and the evidence that points towards Borrelia‘s ability for immune evasion and persistent infection.

Rising Lyme Disease Rates in Northern US!

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New studies have found that Lyme Disease rates in the U.S. are changing, as the rise in rates are occurring more often in Northern States. These states include Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. The study has also found that dropping rates were found more in Southeast such as in Alabama and Georgia, but also in California, Oregon, and Wyoming.

Researchers are attributing these changing rates to the changing climate. It is believed that with warmer temperatures increasing North, it allows the ticks to migrate Northward to areas previously thought to be too cold. Along with warmer climate comes the migration of more lizards north into the southern states. The lizards are known to be “dead-end hosts” of the disease because it cannot be passed on to humans through lizards. This would be one of the reasons for the result of dropping rates of the disease in southern states.

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