2nd Case of Rare Tick-Borne Illness Confirmed in Upstate NY

Rare, Tick-Borne, Illness, Upstate NY
A blacklegged tick – also known as a deer tick. (CDC via AP)

Health officials say a second case of a rare tick-borne virus has been confirmed and another is probable in the upstate New York county where a man died last month after contracting the illness.

State health officials say Tuesday a second case of the Powassan virus has been confirmed in Saratoga County. Officials expected a third case to be confirmed as Powassan.

The person with the confirmed case of Powassan remains hospitalized, while the other person was treated and released. Officials aren’t releasing other information.

The Health Department previously said that a person was found to have had the Powassan virus after dying last month. The illness hasn’t been medically confirmed to have caused the death.

The victim’s family told local media he was a 74-year-old Saratoga County resident.

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