Christine CorradoMay 9, 2017, 10:16 pmMay 11, 2017, 10:38 am

Health officials warn of dangers of tick-borne Powassan virus in NY

Here are some warning signs to watch out for and tips to properly prevent tick bites

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It's one of the worst tick seasons in recent memory and a relatively new disease is being found in our area: the Powassan virus.

According to the Center For Disease Control, New York has one of the highest reported cases of the Powassan virus, with 16 reported cases from 2006 to 2015, and three in New Jersey.

Dr. Daniel Cameron says that some while he has not yet treated a patient with Powassan, he cautions that there are groups that are especially susceptible to the virus

"We typically expect the elderly and young kids to be sicker from picking up a virus so those are the groups we are looking out for any kind of virus," Dr. Cameron said.

When the virus strikes, symptoms usually include fever, chills, aches and pains and cannot be treated with antibiotics or vaccine.

Doctors recommend avoiding being bitten by a tick carrying Powassan by using tick repellent and washing hiking clothes in hot water.

Tests for Powassan are not routinely available but if you think someone is sick with the virus, doctors recommend getting immediate attention for the patient in the emergency room of a hospital.

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