Connecticut saw its first person die from the Powassan virus — a tick-borne illness — this year, the state Department of Public Health announced Tuesday.
The patient was a New London County woman in her 90s. She became ill in early May and was admitted to a local hospital with fever, altered mental status, headache, chills, rigors, chest pain and nausea. As her condition worsened, the woman became unresponsive over the next two weeks. She died May 17, according to the DPH in a press release.