Study cites Powassan link to long-term Lyme symptoms

August 14th, 2016

By Cynthia McCormick

Scientists at a Wisconsin laboratory say they suspect persistent cases of Lyme disease may be complicated by the potentially deadly Powassan virus that’s been making headlines in recent years, including on Cape Cod.

Developing a better understanding of the frequency of the Powassan virus in humans could help doctors and scientists better treat patients with so-called post-treatment Lyme disease, said Dr. Konstance Knox, a virologist and microbiologist who helped found Coppe Laboratories in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

An unpublished study in 2010 showed the Powassan virus was detected in more than 15 percent of Lyme disease patients, she said.

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