Beware Powassan virus — spread by tick bitesPer the CBS Philadelphia’s Stephanie Stahl, there is a new alert regarding a rare virus spread by ticks that is not Lyme disease.A tick bite was also a contributing factor in the life-threatening infection of a little kid from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. Jonny, Jamie Simoson’s 3-year-old son,is getting better, she claims. He’s suffering from a serious Powassan virus infection.
Simoson stated, “Right now, he’s doing pretty well.A few weeks before to Jonny becoming ill with a headache and high fever, she found a tick. She took him to the doctor, but when his condition worsened she went to the emergency hospital.According to Gowtham, care mainly consists of water, oxygen, and seizure drugs in the absence of effective treatments. Doctors chose to administerIVIG therapy — a filtered antibody infusion from blood donors — to Jonny.
Intravenous immunoglobulin is just the immune system of another person,according to Gowtham. “Jonny gave a great response. More research is required before I can definitively establish whether it is related to IVIG.”After almost two weeks in the hospital, Jonny was discharged. He receives physical, occupational, speech, and rehabilitative treatment.Simoson observed that the man had some obvious left side deficiencies. “His speech has slightly deteriorated. Additionally, I would say that cognitively, heis not necessarily where he was. But we have every reason to believe that the advancement he has achieved will only continue.”Using insect repellents, according to doctors, is the best defence against tick bites. Powassan virus is uncommon and difficult to diagnose. The Northeast is where it’s most prevalent.