AUGUSTA – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said another dangerous tick virus has been confirmed in Maine.
It received two reports of Powassan encephalitis last week. Both cases occurred in adults in the midcoast area and both have been released from the hospital to recover.
Powassan is a very rare illness that, like Lyme disease is spread by deer ticks. The symptoms can include a fever, headache, confusion memory loss and in some cases can be deadly. The symptoms can begin anytime from one week to a month after a tick bite.
The CDC said it’s more reason to protect yourself while outdoors and to check for ticks when you come inside.