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A deer tick, left, is dwarfed by a regular wood tick. Brad Dokken / Forum Communications Co.

Minnesota reports first death from Powassan virus, a tick-borne disease

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GRAND FORKS - A woman in her 60s from northern Minnesota has died from a brain infection due to Powassan, or POW, virus, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. This is the first death in the state attributed to the disease, a West Nile virus relative transmitted through the bite of an infected deer tick - the same type of tiny tick that carries lyme disease.

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