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Did Tick-Borne Powassan Recently Kill Two Barnstable Men?

Early reports this spring indicated that the rare but often deadly tick-born Powassan virus could be on the rise this year. We recently shared with you the harrowing story of a Cape Cod man who nearly succumbed to Powassan in 2014. With only five cases of Powassan reported statewide last year, it seemed alarming to hear of two Cape Cod men dying from the disease this year.

No Positive Test Results for Powassan in Barnstable County

The report of Powassan fatalities this year in Barnstable was false. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reports that multiple people with central nervous system disease have been tested for Powassan, “At this time there have been no positive laboratory results, and therefore no confirmed or probable cases of Powassan reported in 2017 in Massachusetts.” While the news of a Falmouth and a Sandwich man dying from Powassan this year turned out to be false, we urge you not to let your guard down. While Powassan is rare, it does carry with it a 10-15% mortality rate, and there is no treatment or cure.

Tick Tests Positive for Powassan

We continue to urge you to get your ticks tested at The cost for Barnstable County residents will only be $15 once you enter your zip code. As of June 20th, 2017 reports one tick in the state of Massachusetts has tested positive for Powassan virus this year.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Powassan?

When you are out hiking, camping, and enjoying the gorgeous Massachusetts outdoors, follow tick safety procedures before you go, and upon your return. For at home protection, call Mosquito Squad of Southeastern Mass to eliminate up to 90% of ticks from your yard. With our most popular tick control package, including tick treatment and tick tubes, we can eliminate this year’s adult ticks and interrupt the growth of the tick population to lower next year’s tick numbers. The fewer ticks, the lower the risk for tick disease. Call today for a free estimate!