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MRC to Offer Tick-Borne Disease Program on April 20th

Published: 4/10/2017

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Dutchess County will offer a program on tick-borne diseases on Thursday, April 20th, at 7 p.m., at the Dutchess County Department of Emergency Response, 392 Creek Road in Poughkeepsie.  The training is free and open to the public, but registration prior to the event is required.

“Ticks and the diseases they carry present an ongoing health threat to Dutchess County residents,” said Margaret Hirst, LCSW-R, Acting Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH). “With ecologists predicting another very active year for the tick population in our region, it is vital for the public to understand what they can do to reduce their risk of contracting a tick-borne disease.”

Presented by DBCH Public Health Advisor Alison Kaufman, DVM, the program will focus on the various types of tick-borne disease and their prevalence throughout Dutchess County, as well as steps people can take to reduce their risk of contracting a tick-borne disease.  Proper tick removal techniques will also be demonstrated.

The Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County is comprised of both healthcare and non-healthcare volunteers as part of a national network of more than 200,000 volunteers dedicated to supporting public health infrastructure as well as disaster preparedness and response in the community.  Both medical professionals and non-medical volunteers are needed.

For more information about the Medical Reserve Corps, or for help with registering, please contact MRC Coordinator Joe Ryan at (845) 486-2493 or For more information on upcoming trainings, visit