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The serious risks of Powassan Virus

Here is yet another article that discusses the serious risks of Powassan Virus, Beyond Lyme: New Tick-Borne Diseases On The Rise In U.S. Coppe Laboratories performs both direct (PCR) and indirect (serology) testing for POWV. A blood test is all that is required. Test results are available within 14 days. Read more about our testing here, How Coppe Laboratories helps patients and families Getting the best treatment possible often depends upon determining the type of infection and reporting those results…

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Ticks transmit more than just Lyme disease

Ticks transmit more than just Lyme disease. This was evidenced again by a recent news story depicting the difficult journey of recovery for former North Carolina senator Kay Hagan after she contracted Powassan encephalitis from a tick bite. Serious neurologic complications of Powassan Virus infection include headache, confusion, memory loss, disorientation and sometimes even death. Coppe Laboratories is the only commercial reference lab in the US that provides testing for Powassan virus (POWV). Tick studies suggest that POWV is on…

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Study Shows Tick Expansion in US

In an article published in the Journal of Entomology, authors looked at the incidence of blacklegged ticks across counties in the US and compared the number in 2015 with those previously reported in 1998.  According to the authors, there is a 44.7% increase in the number of counties with ticks in 2015 over the number reported in 1998. The majority of the changes occurred in the Northeastern and North Central United States. This study is important because it shows the…

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Powassan Guide Available

The Powassan Guide is a monograph published by Coppe Laboratories that provides information on another tick-borne pathogen, the Powassan virus.  This virus belongs to the same virus family as Zika and West Nile, but unlike those, it is transmitted by a tick and not a mosquito.  Recent news articles have alerted the public to the increased incidence of the Powassan virus.  Because symptoms related to infection with this virus are similar to a number of tick-borne diseases, including Lyme, it…

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Cape Cod Times Reports New Information On Powassan Virus Incidence

Dr. Knox, CEO of Coppe Laboratories, was interviewed by reporter, Cynthia McCormick of the Cape Cod Times for an article published Sunday, August 14, 2016 (full article here). In her interview, Dr. Knox reported a 10.4% incidence of Powassan virus in clinical samples from several sites in Wisconsin.  The study was the collaborative work of the Marshfield Clinic (WI), the Medical College of Wisconsin and the New York State Department of Health. Powassan virus was found as a co-infection with Lyme disease…

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HHV-6A Infection of the Uterus Linked to Infertility

HHV-6A Found in Women with Unexplained Infertility HHV-6A was found in 43% of women with unexplained infertility, according to a study published in PLOS Pathogens. (Marci R, et al, 2016.) The study authors found that the virus was present in uterine epithelial cells only, and not the blood. 30 infertile women and 36 fertile (control) women participated in the study. HHV-6B was found in equal amounts in the blood of patients and controls. Secondary endpoints noted the correlation between estradiol…

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Local Governments Launch Tick-Borne Illness Awareness Campaigns

As pleasant summer weather entices people to spend more time outdoors, ticks are also out in full force, looking to attach to a host. In New York City, the Department of Health launched a campaign on June 9 to increase public awareness of ticks and the many diseases they carry. A children’s workbook with a dog named "Tick Check Harry" teaches children how to identify and remove ticks from themselves. It is available on the NY website: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/ticks.page In Pike County, Pennsylvania, the Tick-Borne Illness Task Force is working…

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Painless Knee Effusion as Early Sign of Lyme Disease

Early symptoms of Lyme disease are not always obvious, including the notorious erythema migrans ("bullseye") rash, which is seen in only a subset of patients. Thus, knowing additional signs of the disease is important. A November 2015 study by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons suggests knee effusions, or “water on the knee,” might be an indicator of the disease even in the absence of the rash and a known tick bite. Musculoskeletal complaints are frequently associated with Lyme disease…

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Coppe Laboratories’ Lyme Testing Includes European Strains of Borrelia

Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia mayonii are the primary bacteria that cause Lyme Disease in the United States. Two other strains, Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii, are the primary causes of Lyme disease in Europe and Asia. In a recent “Hot Topic” from the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Elli Theel, a recommendation of using European immunoblots was recommended for individuals traveling outside the United States.  Wisconsin-based Coppe Laboratories is the only commercial reference laboratory in the U.S. that currently uses European immunoblots to detect…

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Coppe Laboratories Announces New Powassan Virus Testing for Patients with Tick Exposure

Coppe Laboratories has announced the availability of testing for a tick-associated virus, the Powassan Virus (POWV). Transmitted by the tick known to carry Lyme disease bacteria, the POWV is a member of the family of viruses that include such familiar names as Zika, West Nile, and Yellow Fever. Coppe Laboratories is the first commercial laboratory to provide POWV testing, which will include both a direct and indirect test. Symptoms associated with POWV are similar to those of Lyme disease, but…

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