Powassan Virus Caused by Ticks on the Rise

Tick season could be busier this year

Educating the public about Lyme Disease

This week, Jacobs was named to the Senate's "Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Task Force" after helping secure $4,000 in this year's state budget to battle the disease. Of those who survive, half retain some kind of permanent neurological symptoms, including headaches and memory problems. "There is no treatment so there is a difference between Lyme and Powassan".

Lead author Dr Caroline Millins, from the University of Glasgow's School of Veterinary Medicine and Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine (BAHCM), said: "We identified several widespread conservation management practices which could affect Lyme disease risk: the management of deer populations, woodland regeneration, urban greening and control of invasive species". The most common symptoms will be fever and headache.

The disease was first reported in the 1950s, and was not considered a big threat at first because the tick carrying it did not bite humans very often.

In the past four years, the number of reported cases of Lyme disease in MI has more than doubled. "More and more patients are suffering from chronic symptoms of Lyme disease, and they can not get help because until now, chronic Lyme disease did not officially exist".

Experts also warn people could suffer from a deadly virus named Powassan.

INSPECT: Do daily tick checks on yourself, your children and pets.

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It's called the Powassan virus.

Check your clothing and pets for ticks because they may carry ticks into the house.

Only a couple of cases were seen each year from the 1950s to the early 2000s, when reports of cases in Canada and the US started to rise.

For people living in and around the Great Lakes and northeastern region of the US may need to take more precautions before heading out for a hike in the woods.

To avoid tick bites, people need to protect themselves by wearing insect repellant; inspecting clothing and skin after walking or swimming outside; wearing long trousers long-sleeved shirts; showering within an hour of being outdoors, and placing clothing in the dryer to kill any remaining insects.

How can I remove a tick if I find it?

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