Powassan Virus Found in Dutchess

The state Department of Health on Oct. 20 confirmed a case of Powassan virus, a tick-borne disease, in Dutchess County. It was the fourth confirmed case of the virus in the state in 2017; the other three were in Saratoga County, north of Albany.

Powassan is a rare viral disease that can cause issues ranging from flu-like symptoms to inflammation of the brain. There have been 27 confirmed cases in the state since 2000.

Dr. Anil Vaidian, commissioner of the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health, reminded residents to be mindful of exposure to ticks until temperatures drop below about 45 degrees. For more information, see health.ny.gov/tickfree.

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