The Maine Centers for Disease Control says the first fatal case of the Powassan virus, a tick-borne illness, for the stay has occurred in York County.

The fatal case is among three cases of Powassan virus infection reported in Maine, so far this year. The other two were in Kennebec and Lincoln counties. There have been 25 infections of the virus in Maine since 2014.

Symptoms of Powassan virus can include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures, or memory loss. Some people may also experience neurologic problems.

The Maine CDC says about 10 percent of people with severe disease die.

From the CDC:

  • Powassan virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected tick.
  • Powassan virus disease is rare but is increasing.
  • Initial symptoms include fever, headache, vomiting, and weakness.
  • There are no vaccines to prevent or medicines to treat Powassan virus disease.
  • Reduce your risk by avoiding ticks.

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