Second Case Tick-borne Powassan Illness Confirmed In Saratoga County
Prepare yourself for more terrible news on the Tick front. According to News 10 ABC there is a second confirmed case of the Tick-borne illness Powassan in Saratoga county. Just a week ago a Saratoga County resident died after contracting the Powassan virus.
"According to the NYS DOH, a second case of the tick-borne illness known as Powassan virus has been confirmed in a second Saratoga County resident."
The Department of Health also tells News10ABC’s Lindsay Nielsen that a third probable case of Powassan virus in a third Saratoga County resident should be officially confirmed very soon."
If this is true that makes three confirmed cases by July. There's a lot of summer left and that means we could be in for many more cases. Have you seen an increase in ticks in your area this year? What are you doing to protect yourself and your family? If you're like me, you like to spend a lot of time out side. Remember to be vigilant out there.
Here are some tips to avoid Tick bites from the CDC.
"Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks
- Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
- Walk in the center of trails.
Repel Ticks on Skin and Clothing
- Use repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours.
- Always follow product instructions. Parents should apply this product to their children, avoiding hands, eyes, and mouth.
- Use products that contain permethrin on clothing. Treat clothing and gear, such as boots, pants, socks, and tents with products containing 0.5% permethrin. It remains protective through several washings. Pre-treated clothing is available and may be protective longer.
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has an online tool to help you select the repellent that is best for you and your family.
Find and Remove Ticks from Your Body
- Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
- Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair.
- Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs.
- Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors.
- If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed.
- If the clothes require washing first, hot water is recommended. Cold and medium temperature water will not kill ticks effectively. If the clothes cannot be washed in hot water, tumble dry on low heat for 90 minutes or high heat for 60 minutes. The clothes should be warm and completely dry."