A rare case of Powassan Virus has been confirmed in Dutchess County. This tick-borne illness is has only been detected 27 times in New York State since 2000, but it can kill.

The New York State Health Department is warning people to take all the precautions necessary to protect themselves against tick bites. The warm October weather is prolonging an already terrible tick season here in the Mid Hudson Valley. Ticks will be very active around here until the temperature drops below 40 degrees.

"This should not deter you from partaking in all the outdoor activities that our beautiful state has to offer this fall, as long as you remain vigilant," said New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

 

One man just outside the Hudson Valley lost his life this summer from the Powassan Virus. Two others were diagnosed the the virus. 

There are no further details on the condition of the person from Dutchess County who has contracted the disease.

 

If you are going to be hiking, stay in the well worn parts of the trail and try to avoid brushing up against plants and trees. Wear insect repellent and wear light colored clothing that will help show ticks easier. If you are working outside in the yard, take the same precautions and check yourself for ticks immediately after you are finished with yard work.

Pet owners should also know that their animals can bring ticks inside the home, so take all the necessary precautions to prevent your animal from being a carrier. Get a tick collar or use those drops. They do work and it will make a difference for your pet and family.