Protect yourself while still enjoying the outdoors!
We all know that ticks can cause Lyme disease, but did you know that, according to recent reports, health officials say researchers have found that one-percent of ticks in Vermont carry a potentially deadly virus called Powassan (POW).
Health officials say the virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected tick. People with severe cases most often need to be hospitalized to deal with confusion, seizures, memory loss, and even swelling of the brain.
According to Vermont’s infectious disease epidemiologist Bradley Tompkins, the ticks that tested positive for Powassan were found in Chittenden and Windsor counties in the spring of 2016.
See more information at the CDC powassan page.
Download a slide show for basic information to know about ticks, lyme disease, and prevention:
Deer Tick Slide Show by Ami Norton
And view information on prevention and precautions at the CDC lyme disease page.
Invasive Species Threaten Vermont’s Biodiversity….
According to the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, not all species of plants and animals in Vermont are native. Many non-natives, such as honey bees and apple trees, have become part of the Vermont landscape without causing harm.
However, invasive species are non-natives whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic and environmental harm. Invasive species threaten Vermont’s biodiversity and Vermonters’ livelihoods by disrupting important natural processes such as forest regeneration and the food web, degrading habitat, and preying upon and out-competing native plants and animals.
- Includes plants such as such as purple loosestrife, water chestnut, or Eurasian milfoil, and animals like zebra mussels, spiny water flea and white perch.
- Can devastate river and lake habitats, spoil fishing opportunities and cause native species to decline.
- Are usually spread by clinging to boats or trailers as they travel between waterbodies, or when people do not follow baitfish regulations.
- Includes plants like garlic mustard, buckthorn and Japanese knotweed that can poison soils, cause streambank erosion, and crowd out native plants.
- Also includes forest pest insects like the Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, and hemlock wooly adelgid.