“Laurie Kenton” was Maine’s first diagnosed Powassan virus case, in Sept. 2000. She and her doctor, Tom Courtney, tell the story of its devastating synptoms and her eventual recovery.
Maine has had no new Powassan cases since Lyn Snow’s death in 2013. But several sources say the virus is on the increase: as many as 4% of deer ticks may be carrying this extremely dangerous pathogen.
No joke or food this week: the tick-borne Powassan virus may be around us, and it’s as bad as a virus can be. You don’t want it.