Powassan Virus- What You Need To Know

Published August 22, 2019 | Board of Health Nurse | Automatically Archived on 11/6/2019

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Powassan virus is spread by the bite of an infected tick. In Massachusetts, the black-legged tick is the type of tick most likely to carry this infection. While ticks must be attached for a certain length of time before they can spread most infections, there is some evidence that Powassan virus can spread from the tick into a person after only a short time of attachment. For more information about Powassan Virus go to https://www.cdc.gov/powassan/index.html and https://www.mass.gov/service-details/powassan-virus