In the eastern state of Connecticut there have been warnings over tick bites which bring with them the risk of Powassan virus (POW) infection after two cases were reported from Fairfield and New Haven counties. ProMED advises that POW is a rare infection, however the virus has been identified ‘in recent years from one or more of the eastern and northeastern or midwestern states’, with authorities advising that ticks must be removed promptly to prevent transmission. More on Powassan virus from the CDC.
Before you travel, call Travelvax Australia’s telephone advisory service on 1300 360 164 (toll-free from landlines) for country-specific advice and information. You can also make an appointment at your nearest Travelvax clinic to obtain vaccinations, medication to prevent or treat illness, and accessories for your journey.