Tick Bite Seriously Sickens Healthy and Energetic Child From the US

Tick Bite Seriously Sickens Healthy and Energetic Child From the US

Unfortunately, too many of us tend to neglect the danger that tick bites pose. These parasitic insects can sometimes carry diseases that can seriously jeopardize an individual’s health, and the case of a 3-year-old boy from Pennsylvania is a good example, unfortunately.

According to the New York Post, the boy in question is Johnathan Simoson, and he was a healthy, happy, and energetic individual until he had to deal with the tick bite. The boy got severely sick with a dangerous and debilitating disease.

Johnathan was swimming in a pool when the tick was observed standing on his right shoulder. One of his parents explained as the New York Post quotes:

It was not embedded. It was not engorged. I easily removed it with a pair of tweezers, and it was still alive,
He didn’t necessarily have any marks on his back shoulder until a few days later; there was just a tiny red bump. That was it.

The child started developing symptoms about two weeks later, such as loss of appetite, a headache, lack of energy, and a fever.

At some point, the child got transferred to a specialty’s children hospital, and a coronary CT scan ruled out the possibilities of bleeding in the brain, abscess, or mass.

One of the parents declared as the same source mentioned above reveals:

Things got really scary at that point,
It was so frustrating searching for an answer. We were terrified that we might not be coming home with our child.

Johnny spent a total of 12 days in the hospital until he got discharged. An MRI scan revealed that the child was dealing with meningoencephalitis, and he received medical treatment.

The child had to be taught how to do normal activities again, such as eating, drinking, and more. A few days after the child got out of the hospital, he tested positive for Powassan virus, meaning a dangerous tick-borne disease that’s also rare.

Ticks can be very cunning, as it’s difficult to see them, and they can even come crawling along after we enjoy a weekend at the picnic while lying down on the grass, for instance. Feel free to also read the “Easy Guide for What to Do If a Tick Bites You.

Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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