(CTN News) – Maine health officials reported this year’s first death caused by the Powassan virus case in a resident of Sagadahoc County. The deceased adult developed neurologic symptoms while alive.
According to state health officials, the case has also been confirmed by the state’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
As a result of the Powassan Virus infecting the resident, the resident was declared dead.
According to US reports, Powassan Virus cases are very rare and only 25 cases have been reported each year since 2015. In addition to this, Maine has also identified 15 other cases, including four new ones that were identified last year.
There are no symptoms that are associated with those who get infected with the disease.
There is, however, a wide range of symptoms that may manifest from when a person is bitten until they become unwell within one week up to a month after they have been bitten.
These symptoms include fevers, headaches, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures, memory loss, and some people may experience serious neurologic complications, such as inflammation of the brain or spinal cord.
Powassan Virus has recorded three deaths in the state since 2015, the third in that period.
In order to contract the Powassan Virus, a deer tick or a woodchuck tick bites a person. In the spring, summer and fall, these ticks are more active when the temperatures are above freezing, but they are more active when they are active when the temperatures are above freezing.
The death rate of people with severe diseases is about 10%.
There are 16 counties in Maine that are home to the ticks, which are usually found in shrubby and leafy areas.
There has been a report from the department that ticks are currentlyspending significant time should take steps to limit their exposure to ticks.
Also, the department stated that people should take precautions in areas where ticks may live, such as wearing light-coloured clothing, covering their arms and legs, tucking their pants into socks, using EPA-approved repellent, and making sure they check for ticks every day and after any outdoor activity.
Moreover, officials advised people to remove their clothing when they return home and to put it in the dryer before washing it, using high temperatures for 10-15 minutes to kill any crawling ticks found on it.