AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that the state has recorded two cases of encephalitis caused by a tick-borne disease.

Officials announced Wednesday that the Maine CDC was notified last week of two cases of Powassan Encephalitis in adults in Maine’s Mid Coast.

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Both people are recovering at home after being discharged from the hospital.

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Powassan, also known as deer tick virus, has been around since 1958 when it was discovered in Powassan, Ontario. Symptoms that appear between a week to a month after a tick bite include fever, headache, vomiting, weakness, confusion, seizures and memory loss.

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Maine has recorded nine cases, including these two, since 2000. State Epidemiologist Dr. Siiri Bennett said Mainers need to take precautions to avoid being bitten by ticks.

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