County Executive William R. Steinhaus today announced Dutchess County has awarded $50,000 to the Institute of Ecosystem Studies for Lyme Disease and tick research.
Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness and incidence in Dutchess County has grown from 13 confirmed cases in 1986 to more than 17,530 cases by the end of 2005.
County Executive Steinhaus stated, “Lyme Disease remains one of the most significant public health threats in Dutchess County. We have been working diligently to address this emerging health issue. As a result of our partnership with the Institute of Ecosystem Studies, we will be better able to facilitate prevention of this debilitating disease and enhance the quality of life for Dutchess County residents.”
The Institute of Ecosystem Studies will continue to work with the Dutchess County Department of Health to develop research projects to promote community-based interventions to prevent Lyme Disease and other tick-borne infections.
Chairman of the Dutchess County Legislature, Bradford Kendall, R-Dover/Union Vale, stated, “Education must be a key component to ensure residents are aware of the risks associated with Lyme disease. The legislature’s Deer-Tick Committee continues to meet and work with the county’s Health Department in promoting ways to prevent Deer Tick borne illnesses.”
The Dutchess County Department of Health also maintains a Lyme Disease Hotline at 845-486-3407.