Health Officials: Deadly Tick Borne Virus Spreading Rapidly in US

tick-borne virus

A new research reveals that tick-borne virus is spreading rapidly in northeast regions of the United States.

A few tick carry pathogens that can transmit numerous disease to human beings. Some of these diseases are Tularemia, Lyme disease, tick fever and heartland virus. The prominent symptoms of tick-borne virus are headache, fever, joint pain, fatigue, rash, stiff neck and facial paralysis.  Several doctors misdiagnose the disease as its symptoms are similar to Malaria.

The tick infections are speedily increasing in few regions of the United States. Scientists believe that climate change is the major factor behind it.

In 2013, The New Jersey Department of Health reported one powassan virus case. In comparison, health officials confirmed two tick borne virus cases in 2014.

As per the recent report of Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Powassan virus can give birth to deadly diseases such as meningitis and encephalitis.  It directly affects the central nervous system of patients.

Peter Krause, a researcher at the Yale School of Public Health, explained the study. He informs that the findings highlights that tick-borne disease is moving to other places.  The speedy emergence of virus can give a tough time to health professionals.

The report is presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH).

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