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First case of rare tick-borne Powassan virus confirmed in Maine this year – WMTW Portland

The first case of the tick-borne Powassan virus has been confirmed this year, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.The person infected was a Waldo County resident who is recovering after initially being hospitalized with the virus.Cases of Powassan are rare in the United States, with about 25 cases reported each year since 2015, according to the Maine CDC.Maine has identified nine cases since 2010. People become infected with Powassan through the bite of an infected deer tick or woodchuck tick, health officials said.The symptoms of Powassan virus are similar to other tick- and mosquito-borne illnesses, such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile virus.Symptoms may include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures, and memory loss. Serious neurologic problems may also occur.Health officials recommend people wear long sleeves and pants and use insect repellant to prevent tick and mosquito bites.People are also encouraged to perform tick checks after being outside.

The first case of the tick-borne Powassan virus has been confirmed this year, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The person infected was a Waldo County resident who is recovering after initially being hospitalized with the virus.

Cases of Powassan are rare in the United States, with about 25 cases reported each year since 2015, according to the Maine CDC.

Maine has identified nine cases since 2010. People become infected with Powassan through the bite of an infected deer tick or woodchuck tick, health officials said.

The symptoms of Powassan virus are similar to other tick- and mosquito-borne illnesses, such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile virus.

Symptoms may include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures, and memory loss. Serious neurologic problems may also occur.

Health officials recommend people wear long sleeves and pants and use insect repellant to prevent tick and mosquito bites.

People are also encouraged to perform tick checks after being outside.

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