An elderly man from upstate New York died from brain swelling due to a rare tick virus that was transmitted within minutes, officials said.
Charles Smith, 74, a fisherman and hunter, was bitten by a tick carrying the Powassan virus in late April, according to WNYT. On April 28, he noticed the tick at home and went to see a doctor, who sent him home, his family told WNYT. They said that ten days later he woke up with a high fever and chills. He was hospitalized immediately and soon became paralyzed from the neck down. They said that less than a month later, on June 6, he died from brain swelling.
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