Health officials and media outlets are warning of a new and deadly disease borne by ticks — Powassan virus. But despite the scary headlines, odds of contracting the illness are extremely low.
In fact, only 1 in 53.57 million people nationwide contracted the virus last year.
"Severe tick-born Powassan virus has experts worried about possible spread" cautioned one NBC station. WNCN called the virus "deadly." A headline on WCBV in Boston stated "Tick bite puts Cape Cod man in coma with swollen brain."
But before you panic, consider the odds.