Tick Task Force

Lucas Willard / WAMC

Spring is here, but people who spend their time outdoors may have already noticed an early visitor: the black-legged tick.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month, but at least one area scientist is advocating for moving the campaign to April, to get ahead of tick emergence. Meanwhile, Dutchess County — at the epicenter of the disease —  is aiming to educate the public in a different way this year.

Dr. Richard Ostfeld is a disease ecologist at the Millbrook-based Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. He says if we want to get a leg up on tick-borne illness we need to become vigilant earlier in the season.

Lyme Disease Forum Takes Place In Dutchess

May 14, 2014
Photo by Scott Bauer (USDA ARS)

There will be an educational forum Wednesday morning in Dutchess County about Lyme disease prevention.