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National Post: Deadly tick-borne Powassan virus surfaces in New York state, kills 30% of those infected

A Saratoga County resident is recovering from a rare but emerging illness carried by deer ticks that transmit Lyme disease, according to a county health official.

While extremely rare, Powassan virus is deadlier than other tick-borne illnesses — killing 30% of those infected statewide since 2004 — and its victims are infected much more quickly.

“With Lyme disease, once you find the tick on you, you’ve got a day or so to remove it, before it can transmit the pathogen to you,” said Richard Ostfeld, disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook. “But with Powassan virus, a tick can start transmitting the virus within 15 minutes.”

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  1. Good day. There are several species of ticks. I live in NY and am well aware of a “deer” tick and what it causes.

  2. Good day Dr Anne Boone, not sure what you are trying to say…does a tick carry POW or not??? From my experience most Doctors don’t sh-t about tick born illness

  3. Need help with diagnosed tick disease. getting worse and no help. Sending me to LCSW and Pys Therapy. In Maine, need help cant live much longer like this.

  4. To all suffering from Lyme and it’s co-infections. There is a book written by a master herbalist, Stephen Harrod Buhner called Healing Lyme. The Foreward is by Wendy Leffel, M.D. It is a Raven Press Ecological Medicine Book. It is a hard read meant for both healthcare providers and people suffering from Lyme and it’s co-infections. Read it as many times as it takes to understand it or have someone help you if you are unable to process information because of neurological side effects of the disease. I was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when I was 14 after being bitten by a tick and suffered for years until following the protocol in this book. It will save your life!

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