TRANSIT ALERT

Overhead wire issues cause disruptions on Amtrak, New Jersey Transit lines

Family: Sussex County man died from rare tick-borne Powassan virus

A New Jersey family says that their loved one who recently passed away died from an extremely rare tick-borne virus.

News 12 Staff

Jun 10, 2019, 10:58 AM

Updated 1,808 days ago

Share:

A New Jersey family says that their loved one who recently passed away died from an extremely rare tick-borne virus.
The Sussex County Health Department says that there are two confirmed cases of the disease known as Powassan virus in the county. Dianne Rude tells News 12 New Jersey that her father died in May from the illness.
“Up until last week I had no idea about this and I just always though Lyme disease and that’s it,” Rude says.
Rude says that her father had told her that he was bitten by a tick on April 15. He died several weeks later. She says that doctors were unable to determine that her father had Powassan before he passed.
Doctors say that the illness is extremely rare – only a few cases have been confirmed in New Jersey over the past few years.
"The symptoms are usually fever, vomiting, headache - the virus can cause swelling of the brain. There’s no specific treatment for it, usually we do what we call ‘supportive care’ and there is no antibiotics or vaccines available to treat it,” says Dr. Jerry Zuckerman.
Rude says that she is now determined to make the public aware of the dangers of the illness so that others do not get sick.
"In the end, my strong, tough Marine [father] was taken down by a bug and never did I ever think that would happen,” she says.
The ticks that carry Powassan are typical deer ticks which are usually black and very small. Doctors suggest checking oneself after coming back from being outside.


More from News 12
Overhead wire issues cause disruptions on Amtrak, New Jersey Transit lines

Overhead wire issues cause disruptions on Amtrak, New Jersey Transit lines

1:35
STORM WATCH: Thunderstorms expected for Thursday morning in parts of New Jersey

STORM WATCH: Thunderstorms expected for Thursday morning in parts of New Jersey

1:36
State police: 2 dead in I-80 crash involving jackknifed tractor-trailer in Hackensack

State police: 2 dead in I-80 crash involving jackknifed tractor-trailer in Hackensack

0:40
Officials: American flags ‘stolen’ off veterans’ graves in Neptune likely taken by animals

Officials: American flags ‘stolen’ off veterans’ graves in Neptune likely taken by animals

2:28
What does the Biden administration tapping into gas reserves mean for NJ’s fuel supply?

What does the Biden administration tapping into gas reserves mean for NJ’s fuel supply?

0:21
Car bursts into flames outside Mount Olive nail salon

Car bursts into flames outside Mount Olive nail salon

0:30
GoFundMe campaign raises thousands for Morristown woman who lost leg after falling on train tracks

GoFundMe campaign raises thousands for Morristown woman who lost leg after falling on train tracks

0:29
Trial of Sen. Bob Menendez takes a weeklong break after jurors get stuck in elevator

Trial of Sen. Bob Menendez takes a weeklong break after jurors get stuck in elevator

1:30
Police: Man shot at Glen Rock’s Wilde Memorial Park

Police: Man shot at Glen Rock’s Wilde Memorial Park

0:33
Lauryn Hill's classic 'Miseducation' album tops list of best albums of all time

Lauryn Hill's classic 'Miseducation' album tops list of best albums of all time

0:23
Biden releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from New Jersey, Main reserve in bid to lower prices at pump

Biden releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from New Jersey, Main reserve in bid to lower prices at pump

0:22
Prosecutor: Remains found in Ridgefield Park creek identified as man who went missing in 1982

Prosecutor: Remains found in Ridgefield Park creek identified as man who went missing in 1982

New Jersey State Police 'never meaningfully grappled' with discriminatory practices, official finds

New Jersey State Police 'never meaningfully grappled' with discriminatory practices, official finds

0:24
Airbnb crackdown ahead of Memorial Day weekend to prevent ‘disruptive parties’

Airbnb crackdown ahead of Memorial Day weekend to prevent ‘disruptive parties’

0:43
36th Fleet Week kicks off in NYC with Salute to Ships at Fort Hamilton

36th Fleet Week kicks off in NYC with Salute to Ships at Fort Hamilton

1:31
What's Cooking: Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace's spring frittata

What's Cooking: Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace's spring frittata

1:21
Law allowing over-the-counter birth control now in effect in New Jersey

Law allowing over-the-counter birth control now in effect in New Jersey

0:39
DOT: Route 71 Bridge connecting Belmar to Avon-By-The-Sea expected to open May 31

DOT: Route 71 Bridge connecting Belmar to Avon-By-The-Sea expected to open May 31

1:31
Grill fire destroys Howell Township home; family escapes unharmed

Grill fire destroys Howell Township home; family escapes unharmed

0:44
Jersey Proud: Kinnelon woman cleans up cemetery ahead of Memorial Day

Jersey Proud: Kinnelon woman cleans up cemetery ahead of Memorial Day