Former Sen. Kay Hagan Dies from Tick-Borne Powassan Virus

Former Sen. Kay Hagan Dies from Tick-Borne Powassan Virus

Kay Hagan, a Democrat and former U.S. senator from North Carolina, died on Oct. 28 after battling complications from the virus for three years.

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November 7, 2019

Former Sen. Kay Hagan died Oct. 28, as a result of contracting tick-borne Powassan virus, North Carolina Health News reported. 
 
Hagan, who served as a U.S. senator from North Carolina between 2009 and 2015, died at age 66 after battling serious health complications for three years. Her funeral was Sunday in Greensboro, where she lived for decades.
 
According to published reports, Hagan is believed to have been bitten by a tick while hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia during the Thanksgiving holiday in 2016.
 
Hagan was hospitalized in December 2016 in Washington, D.C., where doctors said she suffered from encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain caused by the virus.
 
Source: North Carolina Health News