Confirmed case of deer tick virus in Saratoga County

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Ticks are now carrying a new, potentially deadly virus in our area, according to News 10.

According to researchers at the Wadsworth Center, the deer tick virus, also known as Powassan virus, has been found in Saratoga, Albany, Rensselaer and Columbia Counties.

Researchers who worked on a five-year study say that the amount of ticks with this deadly virus are increasing, and if someone have been bitten by a deer tick, there is a one in 20 chance that it has the fatal illness.

Dr. Laura Kramer at the Wadsworth Center says the person with the virus died within 8 months of severe symptoms. Kramer says the virus ultimately leads to death in about 10 to 30 percent of the cases.

Another alarming result of Kramer's study is the virus is transmitted at a rapid rate, compared to the two days it takes for Lyme Disease.

The Times Union Reports, Powassan virus poses deadly threat, infects more quickly than Lyme disease.

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