GARDINER, N.Y. – A uncommon virus unfold by ticks has precipitated a fatality in New York, well being officers in Ulster County mentioned Thursday.
A resident of Gardiner, New York, turned the primary prognosis of Powassan virus within the state this yr. The sufferer of the virus did have an underlying situation, the well being division mentioned.
Although uncommon, the virus — which can’t be handled with antibiotics — is usually critical, in response to the Ulster County Well being Division.
Authorities in Ulster County are urging residents to be on alert for ticks that might carry Powassan.
“It’s crucial that each one residents take each precaution vital in opposition to tick-borne sicknesses, particularly throughout out of doors actions. Residents ought to vigilantly examine themselves and their pets for ticks and tick bites,” Dr. Carol M. Smith, Ulster County Commissioner of Well being and Psychological Well being, mentioned in a press release.
Smith additionally advisable individuals spending time exterior ought to put on light-colored clothes, follow well-traveled path and use insect repellents containing DEET.
Unfold by contaminated deer ticks, Powassan virus could cause fever, headache, vomiting, lack of coordination and reminiscence and speech issues, nonetheless it typically doesn’t current with any signs, in response to the CDC.
It will probably additionally trigger encephalitis and meningitis, in response to the CDC.
Those that have been bitten and expertise any of the widespread signs ought to seek the advice of a health care provider, Smith mentioned.
In 2018, states reported 21 circumstances of Powassan virus illness to the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. Three individuals died. Most circumstances happen within the Northeast and Nice Lakes areas from the late spring by mid-fall when ticks are most lively, the CDC mentioned.