It is being predicted that tick season in 2017 will be one of the worst on record. Ticks are known to carry a variety of diseases, most notably Lyme disease; however, there is another disease to be concerned about: Powassan. This is a rare, but potentially life threatening disease. For further information on Powassan and other tick related information, please visit the Massachusetts Health and Human Services page on Tickborne Diseases. Included in the NPR article are links to other news reports on the upcoming tick season and advice for tick safety. Additionally, there are maps detailing where specific tick populations exist within the United States.