More Powassan in Maine

Since 2013, when a Maine woman died from Powassan, two more cases have been reported there and have caused encephalitis, but thankfully, not death.

This has prompted a statewide survey to discern just how many Maine ticks carry it. The researchers were surprised at the results.  Results here:

All three contracted Powassan during the adult tick seas in fall and early spring and 7% of the adult ticks carried the virus.  To date, Powassan has been found in the deer tick (deer tick virus) as well as the groundhog or woodchuck tick.  There’s evidence both strains are in Maine.

For more on Powassan:

While transmission time for Powassan has been established to occur within about 15 minutes, I was very thankful that the article gave both the official word on transmission times for Lyme Disease (the erroneous 36-48 hours or more) as well as a link to an article about Dr. Nevena Zubcevik which debunks numerous myths, including the “official” transmission time myth.

I recently wrote about this myth that needs to die:  (Includes a great video by microbiologist Holly Ahern explaining in layman’s terms about transmission times and what the studies actually say)

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