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Poughkeepsie teen remembered after dying from the Powassan virus

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - A Poughkeepsie High School senior has died due to complications from the Powassan virus.

Seventeen-year-old Joseph Elone died on August 4. 

A memorial service was held Friday night at the Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse in Poughkeepsie.

The Powassan virus is a disease carried by ticks and has been fatal in 30% of the reported cases.  Scientists say a tick will transmit the virus within 15 minutes of latching onto a human.  However, symptoms can take up to three weeks to appear.

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