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Hudson Valley resident dies of tick-borne Powassan virus

August 01, 2019 07:01 AM

A man from Ulster County is dead from a rare virus spread by infected ticks.    

The Ulster County Health Department says the man died of the first known case of Powassan Virus in New York State this year. They say he also had underlying health conditions. The man's name has not been released.    

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Symptoms of Powassan include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness and loss of coordination.   

The health department says fewer than six cases are diagnosed in New York State each year.

Last year, Columbia County had a case of Powassan. The year before that, we had six confirmed cases in the Capital Region by August 1st.

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