By Associated Press | Posted: Sat 9:31 PM, Feb 11, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Former North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan’s family says the brain inflammation that she’s recovering from was caused by a virus that’s spread by ticks from animals to humans.

A family spokeswoman on Saturday described the cause of Hagan’s encephalitis, citing a doctor who had been treating her. Recently received test results indicated Hagan contracted the Powassan virus.

Hagan’s husband says his wife has improved since she was moved to an Atlanta rehabilitation center three weeks ago, but that the recovery process will be long.

The former senator initially was in a Washington hospital in December and was later in Chapel Hill. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008 and served through 2014.

Contact your US Senator and US Representative to insist that our
governmental agencies make this one of the TBD priorities. Find yours at:

Tick research must be funded to protect us, our children, our pets and
other critters to prevent ALL Tick-borne diseases! In 41 years since Lyme
disease was found in CT, ticks and TBDs have been allowed to spread to over 49%
of the counties in the USA.

Please pass this on to others and contact your US Congressional Reps.
Calling them is very easy and takes a minute or so for each of the three. Your
voice is power, especially when they hear from many constituents!