June Edition of The Whistler
PROMPT TICK REMOVAL IS IMPORTANT.
Powassan Virus can be transmitted to humans much faster than Lyme Disease. In animal studies, the virus could be passed from tick to host after only about 15 minutes of attachment. For Lyme Disease, it takes 24 hours.
If possible, use a pair of tweezers to grasp the tick by the head. Grasp the tick close to the skin. Pull the tick outward slowly, gently, and steadily. Use an antiseptic on the bite.
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