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[DIGEST: NBC, CDC, Time, Bangor Daily News]

In recent decades, the summer months have become a time to take precautions against contracting Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness that causes symptoms ranging from a flu-like illness to chronic pain and neurological impairments. However, Lyme is just one of many diseases humans can contract from a tick bite — and it’s not the worst one. Powassan disease is also spread by ticks. It’s on the rise, and it can be deadly.

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