The Powassan Virus

Ticks have begun transmitting yet another serious disease in New Jersey, the Powassan virus.  The Powassan virus is rare, but in recent years the number of cases has increased.  Currently, there are no vaccines to prevent it and there are no medicines to treat the Powassan virus.  Symptoms usually occur within a week to a month after the tick bite and may sometimes be long term or even be fatal!  Along with breathing complications and brain swelling, the virus could include meningitis, fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, loss of coordination, trouble speaking and memory loss.

Two cases in New Jersey so far in 2019

Recently in New Jersey, there are two cases in Sussex county.  One of the cases resulted in severe complications while the other was fatal.

To decrease chances of tick bites, avoid wooded areas that have tall grass, use insect repellent, and check yourself for ticks after being outdoors.  Dirt & Turf offers organic insect control which will both repel and control insects in your yard.