Powassan virus

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Po·was·san virus

A flavivirus transmitted by ticks that can cause mild febrile illness as well as severe, sometimes fatal encephalitis and meningitis. It is endemic to northern North America and northeast Asia.

[After Powassan, Ontario, site of the first recognized fatality caused by this virus in 1958.]
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The virus was first diagnosed in 1958 in Powassan, Ontario, in a 5-year-old boy who died from encephalitis.
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