Deadly Tick Virus EXPLODES Across The Country, And It's Not Lyme Disease

A better title would have been: A Deadly New Tick Virus Is Spreading Across America, What You Need To Know

Just as health departments across the nation are warning that this year’s milder winter brings an especially high threat from ticks in the spring and summer, federal health officials say two new cases of a tick-borne illness that kills 1 in 10 infected have been reported in Maine.

WND reported last month the Centers for Disease Control warned of the emergence of a far deadlier tick-related virus than Lyme Disease that kills 10 percent of those infected and permanently disables another 50 percent.

The patients were not identified by the CDC, but officials said the concerns are legitimate because the virus differs from Lyme disease in that it can be transmitted through a tick bite in only minutes.

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“It’s a virus, whereas Lyme is a bacteria,” Dr. Kent Holtorf, a Lyme disease expert and medical director of Holtorf Medical Group, said in an interview with Fox News.

“If you catch Lyme early, antibiotics can eradicate it, but with a virus, you have much less options to do anything about it.”

In addition to being more infectious, he explained, the symptoms are more serious.

The Fox News report explained it “can quickly reach a patient’s brain, leaving them susceptible to long-term neurological damage.”:

“The patients in Maine began presenting symptoms in late April and were hospitalized with encephalitis. They’ve since been discharged and are continuing to recover. Not all patients will have symptoms and will not be impacted by the infection, but those who are may experience fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures and memory loss. In 10-15 percent of cases, the virus proves fatal.”

Health officials, bloggers, and others have been discussing for weeks the expectation that this year would be a bad one for ticks.

Tech Times reported that while warm months traditionally have been the worst for tick activity, they are “now living year-round since the last couple of years.”

“I’ve seen more ticks on dogs in the last two and a half years than I have in the last 15 years of practice,” veterinarian Clayton Greenway told Fox News. “They’re really becoming a hazard.”

Tech Times reported that in addition to Lyme disease and Powassan, “scientists found at least a dozen new tick-borne conditions” in recent decades.

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