In December of 2020, Coppe Laboratories was granted a license by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to offer Powassan Virus (POWV) and West Nile Virus (WNV) antibody testing as well as Immunohistochemistry (IHC) for HHV-6.
A 57-year-old woman from Minnesota was admitted to the hospital after having a fever of 102 degrees for four days. Her family said she hadn’t been feeling well for a week. In addition to the fever, she presented with fatigue, confusion, and difficulty walking and speaking.
A new research study conducted by Coppe Laboratories indicates ticks are carrying both Lyme and Powassan simultaneously.
Concern over Powassan virus is rapidly expanding across many U.S states, and for good reason: Powassan virus is carried by the same ticks that transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.