A case of the uncommon Powassan virus has been confirmed in Maine for the first time in two years, based on the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC stated a grownup from southern Maine was hospitalized in New Hampshire. Maine health officers mentioned they had been notified by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services this week that the individual tested positive for Powassan.
The virus is transmitted to people by way of the bite of a contaminated deer tick or woodchuck tick.
Whereas many individuals contaminated with Powassan virus, don’t experience symptoms, signs, and symptoms can embrace fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures, and memory loss.
Long-term neurological issues could happen, including an infection of the brain or the membranes across the brain and spinal cord. Extreme infection can lead to death, health officers stated.
“Powassan, though uncommon, could be critical, so you will need to pay attention to your environment and take steps to keep away from being bitten by ticks. Use caution in wooded and bushy areas and follow the No Ticks 4 M.E. approach to help reduce exposure to ticks and decrease the chance of illness,” Maine CDC Director Nirav D. Shah mentioned.
Powassan virus was first described in 1958. Cases are uncommon in the U.S., with a mean of seven cases reported annually.
Maine has identified 11 cases since 2000.