Our Powassan paper is published in CID

Powassan virus is a rarely diagnosed cause of encephalitis in the United States but may be increasing in incidence. In New England, Powassan is transmitted by Ixodes scapularis, the same vector that transmits Lyme disease. In a new paper in Clinical Infectious Diseases, we describe 8 cases of Powassan in New England. These cases may represent emergence of this potentially deadly virus in a highly populated region.

The One Health concept recognizes that the health of humans is connected to the health of animals and the environment. As a tick-borne illness, Powassan is a clear example of why One Health needs much more funding.

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