Senator Charles Schumer is urging New Yorkers to be on the lookout for ticks this summer after new cases of a rare but deadly tick-borne illness have been found in the state.
Researchers are concerned after finding a significant number of ticks in the Hudson Valley with the Powassan virus.
The infection causes similar symptoms as Lyme disease but transmits more quickly and is considerably more deadly.
While there have only been 15 cases statewide since 2004, roughly 30 percent of those affected have died.
Schumer is calling on the Center for Disease Control to allocate more resources to combat the virus.
He also is pledging his support for federal measures that would expand research into Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses.