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May Is Tickborne Disease Awareness Month In Dutchess County

Poughkeepsie Middle School students won the "Be Tick Free!" media contest.
Poughkeepsie Middle School students won the "Be Tick Free!" media contest. Video Credit: Dutchess County

POUGHKEEPSIE N.Y. -- Students from the Spark Media Project and Poughkeepsie Middle School group won the Department of Behavioral and Community Health's "Be Tick Free!" media contest.

“While Dutchess County has a high rate of tick-borne disease, we have strived to decrease our overall risk by providing science-based research on effective tick-borne disease prevention methods,” said County Executive Marcus Molinaro. “Avoiding tick-infested areas and following simple, proven and effective preventive measures are essential to reducing the risk of tick bites.”

The students were honored at Monday night's Dutchess County Legislature Board Meeting with a certificate of recognition, gift certificates and a "Be Tick Free!" backpack containing tick-bite prevention and removal materials.

Molinaro proclaimed May as Tickborne Disease Awareness Month.

“Tick-borne disease education is of paramount importance for everyone in Dutchess County,” said Donna Bolner, Dutchess County legislator and chairwoman of the Tick Task Force. “Who better than our youngest generation to help educate the entire community and prepare the next generation of Dutchess County residents to protect themselves?"

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