US Tick Virus Kills 1 in 10

World Net Daily reports today that federal health officials say two new cases of a tick-borne illness that kills 1 in 10 infected have been reported in Maine. As reported by World Net Daily last month, the Centers for Disease Control warned of the emergence of a tick related virus that kills 10 percent of those infected and permanently disables another 50 percent. According to a Fox News report, the cases in Maine bring that state’s count of infections to nine since 2000.

The virus is called Powassan or POW for short and like like Lyme, is carried by deer. However, the the virus differs from Lyme disease in that it can be transmitted through a tick bite in only minutes. Dr. Kent Holtorf, a Lyme disease expert and medical director of Holtorf Medical Group said, “It’s a virus, whereas Lyme is a bacteria. If you catch Lyme early, antibiotics can eradicate it, but with a virus, you have much less options to do anything about it.”

WND report found here.

Featured image by World Net Daily to show tick.

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