Experts warn of potentially deadly tick-borne illness similar to Lyme disease

April 10, 2015 3:53 PM

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Experts warn of potentially deadly tick-borne illness similar to Lyme disease

Every year in the United States, there are at least 20,000 confirmed cases of Lyme disease, a painful but treatable tick-borne illness.But now, experts are warning of a faster-acting, untreatable and potentially fatal sickness called Powassan virus that is most commonly found in the same tick that hosts Lyme disease.

Within two to three hours of being bitten by a tick infected with Powassan virus, a person may develop headaches, nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness, memory loss and speech difficulty. While people with Lyme disease develop lesions and a rash, those who get Powassan virus do not. In severe cases, the...

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