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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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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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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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Direct and Indirect Powassan Virus Testing

Coppe Laboratories Powassan Virus testing includes both a direct and indirect test.  A simple blood sample is all that is required.  The direct test (PCR) will detect acute infection and the indirect test (IFA) provides evidence of viral exposure. The picture at the left represents a positive POWV. Powassan virus is carried by the same tick that causes Lyme disease.  Unlike Lyme Borrelia, however, the virus is transmitted within 15 minutes of tick attachment making it unique among tick-borne pathogens in…

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