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What is Powassan virus? Maine resident dies of rare tick-borne illness

A Maine resident died last week from a rare but potentially dangerous tick-borne illness, according to health officials. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Wednesday a fatal case of Powassan virus, which is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick or woodchuck tick.  The person, a south-central Maine resident, developed neurologic symptoms and died in the hospital, according to […]