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tick borne illness


  Powassan virus (POW) is a flavivirus transmitted through tick bites, first discovered in the town of Powassan, Ontario in 1958 when it was identified in a young boy. This virus is transmitted more rapidly from tick to human than Lyme disease (it can take only minutes) and more likely to be fatal. As of…

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Sitting around the table with my medical students discussing our recently diagnosed child with Lyme disease, our discussion focused on the need for early diagnosis.  While this particular patient was caught fairly early in her disease based on symptoms, the diagnosis remains elusive for many. Blood tests do not detect early stages of the disease…

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Lyme disease is a bacterial (Borrelia burgdoferi) infection transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected black-legged tick, most commonly the deer tick. Because they are so small (about the size of a pin head), they often go unnoticed on the body. In order for Lyme disease to be transmitted, they must be attached…

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