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High Peaks hiker falls ill with suspected hantavirus

Michael T. Vaughan holds photographs he took during a summer camping trip as he speaks with reporters at Stony Brook University Hospital on Friday.
Michael T. Vaughan holds photographs he took during a summer camping trip as he speaks with reporters at Stony Brook University Hospital on Friday.
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A suspected case of a potentially deadly virus may have been contracted from a mouse bite in the Adirondack High Peaks late in August. Michael Vaughan, 72, of Stony Brook, was sleeping in a lean-to in the state’s high peaks on Aug. 26 when he believes a mouse bit him. His hand, which had handled food earlier in the day, was outside of his sleeping bag, and he woke up to a sharp pain and ...


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