WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) – Have you heard of the Powassan virus? It is now displayed in our area.
The rare virus can infect a person within the first 15 minutes of a cruise bit and up to 12 hours after.
Powassan is more dangerous than Lyme disease leading to swelling of the brain.
It became deadly for a New Jersey man, and we now know that North Virginia is dealing with his first patient this year.
There have been about 75 cases in the United States over the past decade – mostly in the Great Lakes region and the Northeast.
"What is changing is the presence of the virus in the rodent population and the mammalian population so now spots are exposed to it," says Floyd Shockley with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. "In my knowledge, no one has proven why it is, as usual, climate change is possible but how much can i say. "
Shockley says he is surprised that we haven't had any recorded cases in Maryland or West Virginia yet.
Symptoms of Powassan include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion,
Experts recommend that you use fasteners and wear long sleeves and pants, so that you do not brush in woodland areas and do
It is important to note that Powassan's disease is not transmitted from human to human.