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Dutchess County Tick Task Force Hosts Education Forum
Experts offer advice and tips for preventing tick bites and contracting Lyme Disease

Published: 5/5/2014

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Catherine Durland, (845) 486-2103

Poughkeepsie, NY:       The Dutchess County Legislature Tick Task Force led by Assistant Majority Leader and Chairwoman of the Task Force Donna Bolner will host an Education Forum where attendees will hear from experts on how to prevent tick bites and contracting Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases.  The forum will be held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at the Pleasant Valley Fire House, 1619 Main Street, Pleasant Valley at 10 AM.  The forum is free and open to the public.


Speakers will include Brian Fallon, M.D., M.P.H., M. ED., Director, Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center and Director, Center of Neuroinflammatory Disorders and Biobehavioral Medicine at Columbia University; Richard S. Ostfeld, Ph. D., Senior Scientist, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Andrew S. Rotans, M.P.H., Senior Public Health Advisor, Dutchess County Department of Health, and Jill Auerbach, Chairwoman of the Hudson Valley Lyme Disease Association.

Bolner stated, “After living in the Hudson Valley for the last twenty years, I can only compare the devastation of tick borne illness to the aftermath of a natural disaster.  It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live or how long you have lived there, it can strike with little or no warning, but leaves a lasting effect.  As an educator, I believe in the power of education and hope that the information shared during the forum will promote further awareness and discussion regarding protecting ourselves from the transmission of these diseases.”

Dutchess County Legislature Chairman Rob Rolison stated, “The County is committed in its tick-borne prevention efforts through its education and preventative measures.  By avoiding ticks and the places where they live will limit exposure. Together we can address this health related issue.”