Holly Frost, MD, pediatrics physician scientist at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, in Minocqua, Wisconsin, discusses the treatment of Powassan virus.
Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability)
“Currently, the treatment [for Powassan virus] is largely supportive. Very little is known about the virus because we don’t have a lot of data in humans, so there’s no specific treatment that we can recommend.
In general, for supportive care, we recommend fluids, if needed, [and] providing basic care for encephalitis, [which] can include ICU care, neuro-rehabilitation after the infection. We recommend treating this like you would any other patient with encephalitis, or possibly as you would a patient who has West Nile encephalitis, because we don’t know what the best course of treatment is.”
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