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Tick Virus Claims Maryland Life

October 9th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

Maryland’s Department of Health has announced the first travel-related Powassan virus death in the state. The Powassan virus is spread by the bite on an infected tick was confirmed in late September. The virus is rare and is the first case recorded in Maryland. Most cases in the US occur in the northeast and Great Lakes regions.  The state’s campaign to promote being proactive against tick bites will launch next week but Marylanders are reminded to conduct a full body check for ticks after being outside in areas where ticks are prevalent.