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Tick-borne Powassan virus confirmed in Columbia County

June 12, 2018 04:59 PM

The Columbia County Department of Health says there's a confirmed case of Powassan virus, a tick-borne illness.

The county tells NewsChannel 13 this is the first case of Powassan in Columbia County and that the patient is recovering well.

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Powassan virus is a rare viral disease that can cause symptoms ranging from flu-like symptoms to life-threatening inflammation of the brain.

The Department of Health is reminding people to take steps to protect themselves from ticks and tick-borne illness.

Wear light-colored clothing, which is easy to spot ticks on.

Make sure you use insect repellent like Deet and stay on clear, well-traveled trails.

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