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Tick Task Force Continues Effort to Stop Tick-Borne Diseases
Dutchess County Legislature Task Force to hold trivia contest, seeks individuals to serve on panel in ongoing mission to eradicate tick-borne diseases

Published: 3/9/2011

For More Information Contact:

Donna Bolner - (845) 489-6464


The Dutchess County Legislature’s Tick Task Force today announced that it will host an educational trivia contest on Thursday, April 14 at the Farm and Home Center, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook beginning at 6 PM. The trivia contest will have teams of two, one 16 years of age or older and one younger than 16, competing for pride and prizes.

Donna Bolner, Legislator from District 13 and Chairwoman of the Tick Task Force, explains that the trivia contest is just one way Dutchess County residents can become better aware of the dangers ticks pose to their families and pets. To assist teams in locating the information a Web Quest is available directing people to various websites including Stop Ticks on People, the Lyme Disease Association, and New York State as well as Dutchess County Departments of Health to gather the information they need answer the trivia questions on April 14th.

To learn more about the Tick Task Force Web Quest Trivia Contest visit the Dutchess County Legislature online at and click on the tick. To register your team for the trivia contest contact Legislator Bolner directly at or (845) 489-6464 on or before April 10.

“I want to thank my colleague Joel Tyner who advanced this idea through the Tick Task Force. We need individuals to come forward and bring innovative ideas – like this Web Quest Trivia Contest –  to the Tick Task Force so that we can engage more people in the important goals of tick education and eradication,” said Bolner. “Participation of those knowledgeable of ticks and tick-borne diseases is essential to us accomplishing our mission. All those who wish to lend their time and talent to this important task force are encouraged to send their resume to the Dutchess County Legislature.”

Resumes to be considered for appointment to the Tick Task Force should be sent care of the Dutchess County Legislature, 22 Market Street, 6th Floor, Poughkeepsie NY 12601, faxed to (845) 486-2113, or emailed to the Clerk of the Legislature In particular the Tick Task Force is seeking people with medical backgrounds or reasons that require them to be outside on a regular basis (i.e. surveyors, environmental field workers) to participate in this important effort.

The Tick Task force was established in 2002 with the mission to use professionals and persons knowledgeable with respects to tick-borne diseases to coordinate an effort to reduce the population of ticks that communicate various diseases.

“It is important to note that ticks don’t just carry Lyme Disease, albeit that is the most common tick-borne disease, but there are many others including Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Ehrlichiosis, and Babesiosis. If you, or someone you know, were bit by a tick and show symptoms of illness – see your doctor immediately,” concluded Bolner.