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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rare tick-borne virus kills Minnesota woman...


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First Death in Minnesota from Powassan Virus

The first death related to the Powassan virus was recorded in
Minnesota Wednesday according to a release by the Minnesota
Department of Health

The victim was a Northern Minnesota woman in her 60s.

Another likely Powassan case was identified in Anoka County this
year in a man also in his 60s.

Both the female and male cases became ill in May after spending
time outdoors and noticing tick bites -- the Powassan virus is
transmitted by blacklegged or “deer” ticks in Minnesota and


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