Testing ramped up for rare, but potentially fatal tick-borne virus

April 16, 2015 5:16 PM

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OTTAWA - Health officials in Canada are expanding their monitoring of ticks for an extremely rare but potentially deadly virus after a dramatic rise in the number of cases of the disease south of the border.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says it's broadening screening for Powassan virus in the tiny, blood-sucking arachnids to include blacklegged ticks.

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