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Newfoundland, Canada: Case of tick borne Powassun virus with polio-like outcome.

“Evidence of a Powassan virus infection affecting the spinal cord has, until now, only been seen in mouse studies. But a new article describes the first known case of a 62-year-old man from Canada who developed a polio-like illness caused by the Powassan virus (POWV).” Access article

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Halifax: Increasing Threat of Tick-Borne Diseases, Viruses

By Lenny Rowe Halifax town officials are taking steps to raise awareness about tick-borne diseases and viruses. Halifax Health Agent Cathy Drinan and members of the Norwell Visiting Nurse Association gave a presentation last week to inform the public about tick-borne diseases and viruses and the new forms that are spreading rapidly on the South Shore and Cape…

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Globe and Mail: How ticks became a major public health issue

[CanLyme Note: The tell-tale “bull’s eye” rash seldom occurs.  Of those 17 children in Nova Scotia with confirmed Lyme Disease, only 18% had a rash of any kind. Current research indicates only a “small subset” of the various strains of borrelia bacteria that cause Lyme disease will cause any rash. Read here.] August 9th, 2015 Erin…

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Health officials ramp up tick monitoring for Powassan Virus

CityNews reporter Andrea Piunno with what health officials are doing to protect you and what you should watch out for. Public Health Ontario says they are monitoring ticks for Powsassan Virus… when did they start?  What are the results?  What methodology are they using to test? What guidelines are doctors to follow to look for…


Sister of first victim speaks out about rare disease’s Canadian connection

 Randy Boswell Published: October 20, 2013, 3:05 pm   It’s a rare but life-threatening infection spread to humans by tiny ticks encountered in the woods or backyard gardens. And this summer, a Powassan virus health scare in the U.S. prompted a New York senator, American medical authorities and even the New York Times to warn…