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Powassan Virus

Powassan Virus (POW) is a rare vector-borne disease spread to humans or animals through an infected black-legged tick.

With any vector borne disease, the Powassan Virus is preventable. It is important to take the necessary steps against tick bites to protect yourself and family while enjoying the outdoors. 

  • Wear light coloured, long sleeved shirts, and long pants. Be sure to wear closed toe shoes and tuck your pants into your socks while hiking or walking in areas where ticks could be.
  • Use an insect repellent containing DEET. Always read and follow the directions on the label.  
  • After returning from outdoor activities, shower or bathe to wash away loose ticks (preferably within 2 hours). It is also important to do “full body” checks on yourself and family to ensure no feeding ticks are present. 
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