Ms.S was a former nurse who grew up poor in Fall River. That she would become a well-known painter in middle-age surprised Sxxxx, who, at 72, continued to ride horses and revel in the outdoors.
"A tiny tick ended all of that.
Snow died last week, apparently from Powassan virus, a rare tick-borne illness that is capturing increasing attention from public health officials amid reports of at least one other suspected case in Massachusetts."
(Reported in the Boston Globe on Dec 27, 2013)
(I added the question marks because I'm pretty sure that Powassan isn't rare at all, just not looked for, therefore not found. Just like Lyme, Bartonella, Babesia etc.)