Maine CDC Confirms Case Of Tick-Borne Powassan Virus

Jul 24, 2019

The Maine Center For Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed another case of the tick-borne virus Powassan.

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Health officials say the adult who contracted Powassan is hospitalized in New Hampshire, but the virus is believed to have been contracted in Maine.

The CDC has identified 11 cases of Powassan in the state in the past two decades. Symptoms can include fever, headache, vomiting and weakness. Although the virus is rare, it can be life-threatening.

In 2013, a 73-year-old artist from South Thomaston died after contracting Powassan.

To reduce exposure to tick bites, the CDC recommends wearing long sleeves and pants, using insect repellant and avoiding high grass or bushy areas.