Connecticut reports 2022’s first fatality of Powassan virus due to tick bite

Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) recently announced the state’s second case of Powassan virus infection (POWV) and first fatality in 2022 due to the virus that typically has a 10% fatality rate.

News of the facility broke in a press release from the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) where they outlined the start of the season, and what will likely not be the last of the cases this year.

“This incident reminds us that residents need to take actions to prevent tick bites now through the late fall,” said Dr. Manisha Juthani, who is the commissioner of the state’s DPH.

“DPH stresses the use of insect repellent this summer and avoiding high-risk areas, such as tall grass, where ticks may be found.

“It’s also important to check carefully for ticks after being outside which can reduce the chance of you and your family members being infected with this dangerous virus.”

The deceased was female from New London County and was the state’s second reported case and reported to be in her 90s at the time of her death.

Via Fox News:

“She started to not feel well in early May, then was later admitted to a local hospital complaining of fever, altered mental status, headache and chest pain, but became unresponsive over the next two weeks and died on May 17.

“Testing performed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the presence of antibodies to POWV.

“12 cases of POWV associated illness were reported in Connecticut during 2017 to 2021, including two which were fatal.”