What Is Powassan Virus? New York Man Dies of Rare Tick-Borne Illness
Powassan virus is very rare—but can be transmitted by a tick 15 minutes after it bites.
People who live in New York’s Ulster County are on alert after a local resident recently died of a rare tick-borne illness. The illness, known as Powassan virus, is an often serious disease that’s spread by infected ticks.
This is the first known case of a person who has been diagnosed with Powassan virus in the state of New York this year, according to the Ulster County Health Department. Details about the case are scarce, but the health department did say that the person who died had “additional underlying health conditions.”
Still, the organization is warning local residents to “take every precaution necessary” to avoid being bitten by ticks, like tucking your pants into your socks, wearing effective tick repellents, and doing a full-body check on yourself and your pets for tick bites after being outdoors.
May 5, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!
Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).