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NJ Woman Dies of Rare Tick Virus

New Jersey health officials say the state has had its first confirmed death from a rare tick-borne virus.

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The 51-year-old Warren County woman died of Powassan in May.

Authorities have not released the woman’s name.

The state Department of Health says it was notified last month that the federal centers for Disease Control had confirmed the virus from a tissue sample.

The woman had spent time outdoors before she developed a fever, headache, rash and brain swelling. She was hospitalized before she died.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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