Powassan virus (POWV) and Deer Tick Virus (DTV) are tick transmitted viruses that can cause meningoencephalitis.
Although still rare, the number of reported cases of people sick from Powassan virus has increased in recent years. Most cases in the United States occur in the northeast and Great Lakes regions from late spring through mid-fall when ticks are most active. Powassan virus will be transmitted to human host within 15 minutes of tick attachment.
Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness in the United States. Caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, recovery can be faster and more complete with the timely use of antibiotics.
Babesiosis is a parasitic infection that is most commonly caused by tick bites. This treatable condition is most common in the Northeast and the upper Midwest.
Anaplasmosis is a disease caused by the bacterium Anaplasma phagocytophilum. These bacteria are spread to people by tick bites and can be treated with antibiotics.
Ehrlichiosis is a bacterial infection spread to humans through the bites of infected ticks. Ehrlichiosis is spread primarily by the blacklegged tick and the lone star tick, which is on the rise in the Northeast.
First identified in Japan in 1995, Borrelia miyamotoi can be carried by several species of ticks in the United States. Though similar to Lyme disease in many ways, it rarely carries the distinctive "bullseye" rash many patients recognize.
Because we want to ensure your peace of mind and a complete understanding of your tick-related exposure, we offer the Universal Pathogen Screen.
Our most comprehensive and cost-effective option, this test includes each of the most common tick-borne pathogens listed below (Lyme,
Powassan/Deer Tick Virus, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, and Borrelia miyamotoi).
As always, tick identification is included at no charge with all pathogen screening.
This will identify the species of tick submitted. It does not provide identification of any tick-borne illnesses the specimen may carry.
ECO Laboratory is a leader in tick testing. Positive results and treatment options should be discussed with a medical professional.
ECO Laboratory does not provide blood testing; test results indicate potential exposure to tick-borne illness.
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