Ticks Are Spreading in the US—and Taking New Diseases With Them

A disease that is so rare in the United States that it is recognized in only about 40 people each year has taken the life of a person living in Maine. The cause, Powassan virus, is transmitted by ticks, which can pass it on within 15 minutes of biting. The virus causes neurological damage; one out of every 10 people who develop severe symptoms die of brain inflammation, and about half of those who recover experience long-term problems with memory, balance, and speech.

One death is always a tragedy, but one death in a country of hundreds of millions can feel like

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