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Minnesota records first case of tick-borne virus

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A woman in her 60s from northern Minnesota has died from a brain infection due to Powassan (POW) virus.

This is the first death in the state attributed to the disease. One other likely POW case has been identified this year in Minnesota, in an Anoka County man in his 60s who was hospitalized with a brain infection and is now recovering at home. POW virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.

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