Just as health departments across the nation are warning that this year’s mild winter brought an especially high threat from ticks in the spring and summer, federal health officials warn that two new cases of a tick-borne illness that kills 1 in 10 infected that have been reported in Maine.

WND reported last month the Centers for Disease Control warned of the emergence of a far deadlier tick-related virus than Lyme Disease that kills 10 percent of those infected and permanently disables another 50 percent.

It’s called POW for short, or Powassan, and it, like Lyme, is carried by deer.

According to a Fox News report, the cases in Maine bring that state’s count of infections to nine since 2000.