Experts warn of increases in tick-borne Powassan virus

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  • Anyone bitten by an infected tick is susceptible to the rare virus
  • The virus can be fatal in up to 15% of cases with symptoms, one doctor warns

(CNN)Summer is nearly here, and it's bringing fears of a rare tick-borne disease called Powassan. This potentially life-threatening virus is carried and transmitted by three types of ticks, including the deer tick that transmits Lyme disease.

Over the past decade, 75 cases have been reported in the northeastern states and the Great Lakes region, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though no one can say how many infections will occur this year, warmer winters have led to an increased tick population, so experts predict rising tick-borne infections of many types.
Everyone is at risk for Po