A New York resident recent diagnosed with Powassan virus, a rare but deadly tick-borne disease, has died, according to the New York state Department of Health.
There have only been about 75 cases of the Powassan virus reported in the US in the past decade, according to the CDC, but two confirmed cases hit New York last year, one in Dutchess County and another in Westchester County.
There have been 24 cases statewide since 2000, but none have been west of Syracuse, according to a spokesperson with the Department of Health
According to the CDC, signs and symptoms of infection can include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures, and memory loss. Long-term neurologic problems may occur.
You can reduce your risk of being infected with this virus by using tick repellents, wearing long sleeves and pants, avoiding bushy and wooded areas, and doing thorough tick checks after spending time outdoors.