Rare Tick-Borne Virus Found in Massachusetts Town

A rare and dangerous tick-borne virus called Powassan has been detected in Massachusetts.

The virus can cause serious illness, including death, with no cure available.

Symptoms include fever, headache, confusion, and seizures.

Powassan spreads faster than Lyme disease – a tick bite in just 15 minutes can transmit it.

2024 is predicted to be a bad year for ticks due to a mild winter.

Protect yourself by using insect repellent containing DEET.

Wear long, light-colored clothing and tuck pants into socks when outdoors.

Always check for ticks after spending time in tick habitats.

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