Joseph Elone

Joseph Elone

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By Cynthia McCormick

Posted May. 26, 2015 at 2:00 AM

When a Poughkeepsie High School honor student collapsed and died from what health officials thought was a rare and untreatable tick-borne virus, headlines blazed.

The New York Daily News, CBS and NBC all covered the tragic story of Joseph Elone, 17, who appeared at first to be felled by the little-known Powassan virus at his home in the summer of 2013.

Later it emerged that the aspiring environmental engineer did not have Powassan after all. Elone’s heart stopped because its tissues had been invaded by bacteria from Lyme disease, a condition known as Lyme carditis that is treatable by antibiotics.

That story did not make nearly the same headlines.


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Docudrama written for Joseph Elone

Joseph Elone was alive again, if only through the artistry of performance.

The message was clear: A little tick bite can kill, and the victims could include you or your loved ones.

“The Little Things, One Family’s Battle with Lyme Disease,” a docudrama, attracted hundreds of people to the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie Monday.


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