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Memorial held for teen who died of rare virus

August 16, 2013 7:33:43 PM PDT
A somber memorial service was held Friday night for a high school student who died suddenly from a rare virus.

About 100 people attended the special service in Poughkeepsie in honor of 17-year-old Joseph Elone.

A preliminary autopsy shows he died earlier this month of complications from a rare tick virus called the Powassan virus.

Health officials say the tick virus is spread by the same deer ticks with Lyme disease.

Its symptoms are similar to the West Nile Virus.


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