More Ticks Carrying Deadly Virus this Summer

May 22, 2017 by Miller Admin

bug_spray copyScientists are warning about an increase in tick population this year AND a new, and potentially fatal, tick-borne virus called Powassan. This Summer looks like it might be one of the worst seasons on record for ticks.

“Tick-borne diseases are on the rise, and prevention should be on everyone’s mind, particularly during the spring and summer, and early fall when ticks are most active,” said Rebecca Eisen, research biologist in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of vector-borne diseases.

Powassan is a virus that can be transmitted through a tick bite. Signs and symptoms of Powassan can include:

  • fever
  • headache
  • vomiting
  • weakness
  • confusion
  • seizures
  • memory loss.
  • Long-term neurological damage also may occur, according to the CDC

There’s currently no specific treatment for the disease. People with severe Powassan often need to be hospitalized to receive respiratory support, intravenous fluids or medications to reduce swelling in the brain. Should inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) occur, the fatality rate is approximately 10 percent, the CDC warns.

There’s no vaccine to prevent Powassan. The best prevention is avoiding ticks. Millers has some fantastic and natural bug repellents to help you take precaution for your family, including your pets! Check them out here online or in the pharmacy.

You can also try your hand at making a homemade bug repellent!

Homemade Bug Spray

  • Essential oils: choose from Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint*
  • Natural Witch Hazel
  • Distilled or boiled Water
  • Vegetable glycerin (optional)
*We carry many of these oils at Millers.

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