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 the rise, particularly in the Great Lakes and northeastern regions of the US.
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