There has been an uptick of cases of the Powassan virus. Have you seen the devastating effects of this tick-borne illness? While threats of Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever have been around for quite a while, the recent uptick in cases of the Powassan virus have scientists very concerned. Clearly, Weymouth, Massachusetts tick control is something everyone should be concerned with.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick. The effects of this debilitating virus are:
- Symptoms can include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, loss of coordination, speech difficulties, and seizures.
- Infection of the central nervous system that can cause encephalitis (brain inflammation) and meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord).
- Approximately half of survivors have permanent neurological symptoms, such as recurrent headaches, muscle wasting and memory problems.
- Approximately 10% of Powassan virus encephalitis cases are fatal.
Unfortunately, there are no vaccines or medications to treat or protect against Powassan virus infection. As of right now, the only viable method of avoiding being infected is by prevention. That’s where we, Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South, can help. Through barrier sprays on your property, you can be assured there are no ticks waiting to latch onto you, your family members, or your pets.
To see just how effective Mosquito Squad of Boston Metro South is at ridding your yard of nearly all unwanted biting, stinging and bloodsucking pests, call us today at (781) 297-0123, email us at [email protected], or click the green “Alert the Squad” button to the top right. We look forward to hearing from you!