Two cases of Powassan virus, a potentially fatal tick disease, have been confirmed in Maine for the first time. Like Lyme Disease, Powassan is carried by deer ticks.
|AREAS OF POWASSAN TICK INFECTION|
Powassan is found to be fatal in about one out of six cases and approximately 50% of the people effected develop neurological problems.
Because Powassan is a virus there is no cure, so doctors can only treat the symptoms and hope the body’s immune system will combat the illness.
Unlike Lyme Disease, which is bacteria, a virus is not technically a living organism, so it cannot be killed. Virus cannot multiply (procreate); but they attach themselves to a host cell and implant their DNA, and when the host cells divide those new cells carry the virus DNA.
in the 1960’s and 1970’s I was a military survival instructor stationed in Maine. Hundreds of nights I slept on the ground in the woods, and have trained thousands of students: neither I or any of our students were ever bothered with a single tick.
Now you can’t mow your lawn without checking yourself for ticks before coming in the house. Anytime you walk off a paved surface you are in danger of picking up ticks.
|SOME TICKS ARE SO SMALL THEY ARE HARD TO FIND ON YOUR BODY|
Regardless of frequent storms, or sea rise; I think you can track global warming by paying attention to animal and insect migration.
Sometimes over the last thirty years, ticks have migrated to Maine.
Prevention is the defense. If you are going into fields or into the woods, wear long pants and long sleeve shirts. Stuff your pants cuff into your socks, liberally use insect repellent on your pants legs, shoes and hat, as well as exposed skin.
Best of luck this summer