What is powassan encephalitis?

Tick-borne virus. Powassan encephalitis is a type of tick-borne encephalitis (inflammation in the brain) in which the virus is transmitted by tick bites. Powassan encephalitis occurs in canada and the United States.
Tick-borne . This is a viral infection of the central nervous system (brain) that is contracted from the bite of a tick. Symptoms can include fever, confusion, headache, and seizures. There is no cure and most of the time it resolves on its own. A lumbar puncture (spinal tap) is often necessary to make the diagnosis.

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Who gets powassan encephalitis?

Tick borne virus. It is encephalitis caused usually by a virus which is transmitted by a tick. Encephalitis is an acute inflammation of the brain. Powassan says that there is a particular cause for this inflammation of the brain. Read more...
Anyone bitten by tic. Powassan virus was first recognized in powassan, ontario and is a flavivirus and is the only well documented tick-borne transmitted arbovirus occurring in the us and canada. Powassan encephalitis is a serious illness caused by the powassan virus and anyone who gets a tick bite from a tick that has it can get the disease. Deer ticks can have it but the disease is not very common in humans. Read more...