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Officials Warn Of Dangers Of Tick-Borne Powassan Virus

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A Poughkeepsie high school senior died suddenly, after he was bitten by a tick and contracted a severe virus.

As CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan reported, Joseph Elone’s family said doctors had been treating their son for a summer cold – until he collapsed on the front lawn.

Elone, 17, was actually a ticking timebomb. He was completely unaware that he had contracted an emerging and rare tick-borne disease.

Identified as Powassan virus, the disease is thought to be transmitted into the bloodstream within minutes of a tick bite.

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