Monday, June 12, 2017

Experts fear spread of rare, lethal Powassan virus


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The resurfacing of a tick-borne virus that can lead to permanent brain damage is striking fear into the hearts of experts.

Two people in Maine were hospitalized in April after being infected with the Powassan virus, a potentially lethal disease transmitted by ticks that can cause brain swelling and death to 15% of those who contract it.

Fevers, headaches, vomiting, weakness, seizures, and memory loss also are symptoms.

“These things are mutating and it’s becoming a scary world out there,” Dr. Kent Holford, a Lyme disease expert, told Fox News, adding warmer temperatures could be linked to increases in tick-borne illnesses...

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