Summer is here, but so are ticks. Learn how to protect yourself.MedlinePlus sent this bulletin at 06/30/2017 11:10 AM EDT
Summer is officially here which means more time to go camping or have picnics with family and friends. However, some part of the US are expected to see an increase in the number of tick bites and tick-borne diseases, such as Powassan virus, due to the milder winter.
What is Powassan Virus?
People may become sick within one week to one month after being bitten. While people with the POW virus do not typically develop any symptoms, some of the common symptoms are:
How can you prevent from getting the POW virus?
There is no vaccine for POW virus but people can prevent from getting infected by:
- Tucking pants legs into sock;
- Avoiding tall grass, leaf piles, or shrubs;
- Using a chemical insect repellent with DEET, permethrin (should only be sprayed on clothes) or picaridin.
If bitten, the ticks can be removed by grasping it at the mouth with tweezers and pulling it straight out slowly.