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Holtorf added that the symptoms of Powassan are more severe than Lyme, and can quickly reach a patient’s brain, leaving them susceptible to long-term neurological damage. The patients in Maine began presenting symptoms in late April and were …

Two cases of the tick-borne virus Powassan encephalitis have been diagnosed in Maine, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The two unidentified adult patients, who live in the Mid Coast region, reportedly became sick in late April and were hospitalized shortly after.

When hiking, make sure to stay in the middle of the path. Weeds, grass and trees make it easier for ticks to crawl onto you. Don’t venture out to the grass or bushes, where ticks are formidable to be hiding.

Protect your skin. Adding an extra layer makes it more difficult to latch on to you. It’s smart to wear pants, long sleeves and hats, especially in the summer.

Dogs can literally bring ticks right to your front door. Prevent ticks by keeping their coats short in the summer. Use your hands to check the fur, stopping if you feel a pea-sized bump. Favorite spots ticks like to hide include the ears, toes and under the tail.

Dog ticks don’t “harbor diseases that sicken people”, but you should still be wary.

According to TickenEncounter, spray with DEET does not provide “sufficient” protection. Get spray for your clothes like Permethrin, which instantly kills ticks.

The chemical is successful in protecting against ticks, mosquitoes and other types of bites. Lymedisease.org estimates that permethrin-treated footwear offered 74 times the protection from bites.

Cut your grass, clean your yard, get rid of any extra firewood or wood chips.

The Powassan virus (POW) is a rare but serious disease that can be spread to humans by infected ticks quickly after the initial bite.

“It’s just a little known virus that can result in fairly serious illness, so we want people to be aware of it, but also have some perspective that Lyme disease is much more common than Powassan virus,” Neitzel said.

The department of health said wearing DEET, spraying clothes with permethrin and checking for ticks frequently are the best ways to prevent them from attaching.

Updated: June 05, 2017 05:23 PMCreated: June 05, 2017 04:58 PM

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