The CDC and state agencies are tracking a potentially fatal tick-borne virus that has the ability to spread to our area.
A small percentage of ticks in Connecticut have tested positive for the Powassan virus, and there is currently no known cure.
Agencies want you to be prepared and know how to prevent yourself from getting it.
The Powassan virus spreads like Lyme disease, but doctors said the effects of it are worse.
Right now, it's been found in the northeastern parts of the U.S., but as any tick-borne virus, it has potential to spread.
Ticks carrying the virus are found on a few animals, such as woodchucks, squirrels and white footed mice.
Those who happen to get bit by the tick can have sudden and severe symptoms.
There's no treatment for the disease, just supportive therapy. It would fall into the same type of infection as West Nile virus. It's the same family. West Nile and Powassan and encephalitis are flava viruses. This is transmitted by ticks, not misquotes.
The virus is also dead once it infects a human, meaning it can't be transmitted from person to person.
To prevent from getting ticks on your skin wear repellent and long sleeved shirts and pants when venturing into brush or wooded areas.
To protect you, your children, and pets from this potentially life threatening pest, contact EHS Pest Control in Norwood.