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New Possibly Fatal Deer Tick Illness Hits Capital Region

If you love being outdoors, camping, going into the woods and walking on trails, you may want to be extra careful and take some extra precautions.

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There’s been a new deer tick virus discovered in our area and this newly found virus may be deadly.

This virus, which has been found in Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties, is called the Powassan Virus. It affects people faster than Lyme Disease. Some of the symptoms from The Powassan Virus include headaches, being lethargic, fever and drowsiness.

Researchers from the Wadsworth Center, New York State’s public health laboratory have been doing studies on this virus and have discovered that there’s a one in 20 chance that if a person is bitten by a deer tick, that deer tick will be carrying the virus.

In the story from News 10 ABC, it’s also been discovered that there’s an increase in deer ticks in our area. Some of things that you can do to help to prevent the disease is to use insect repellent, where long pants, especially in those wooded areas and tuck your pants into your socks.

We want everyone to be safe this summer.

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