Ticks are notorious for spreading Lyme disease to humans, but they can also give people a potentially life-threatening virus that has no cure or treatments.
Dr. Daniel Cameron, President of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, told CBS New York that a tick carrying the Powassan virus can give it to a human within minutes (video below).
"The doctor just has to support you during that acute illness and hope that you survive,” Dr. Cameron said.
The symptoms of Powassan virus are similar to Lyme disease, but worse.
“You can get seizures, high fevers, stiff neck. It comes on so suddenly,” Dr. Cameron added.
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There have been reports that the Powassan virus starting to show up in Connecticut.
The Centers For Disease Control recommends that people avoid the Powassan virus by "using tick repellents, wearing long sleeves and pants, avoiding bushy and wooded areas, and doing thorough tick checks after spending time outdoors."