Do you enjoy the great outdoors? If you do, you will want to be on the lookout for this new tick-borne illness that medical experts are saying is deadlier than Lyme disease.
The new disease is called Powassan virus and it is being carried by the same ticks that carry Lyme disease.
Experts are warning individuals to be on guard as the disease causes meningitis and swelling of the brain. Currently, there is no cure for the disease.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Cases have been seen in the northeast and the Great Lakes. So far no cases have been reported in the South, but doctors admit they haven’t been testing for it.
Ticks are small and difficult to see, therefore it’s hard to exterminate them, particularly considering concerns about the effects of chemical pesticides on the environment.
This virus is spread by deer ticks when they embed themselves in human skin. Because of the mild winter, the CDC expects more cases this year because more deer and mice survived the season. Both are carriers of ticks.
According to reports, over 300,000 cases of Lyme disease pop up each year. However, doctors believe this year will be the worst one yet.
In order to stay safe, you should:
- Wear insect repellent from a brand that has the chemical picaridin in it
- Wear long sleeve shirts and pants
- Avoid long, unkempt grass.
If you believe that you may be at risk or have this disease, please go to a hospital. Do not take any chances!
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