HARDYSTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – There’s a health alert in New Jersey.
Officials say a Sussex County man who died in mid-May was confirmed to have a rare illness spread by the bite of an infected tick.READ MORE: R. Kelly Found Guilty Of All Counts In Sex Trafficking, Racketeering Trial
Officials are investigating whether the Powassan virus caused the man’s death.
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A second case of Powassan was confirmed last week in an individual who is now recovering at home.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine Mandate For New York City Teachers To Take Effect After Federal Appeals Court Lifts Temporary Ban
Doctors say symptoms may show up one week to one month after being bitten by an infected tick.
Symptoms include fever, headache, swelling of the brain, swelling of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord, and vomiting.
An infected tick must be attached to an individual for several hours before it can transmit the virus, health officials said.
Nine cases have been reported in New Jersey since 2013.MORE NEWS: Parents Of Immunocompromised Girl Say Long Island School District Refused Requests For Adequate Remote Option
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