Food, games and lots of people are what you're bound to see at this year's Dutchess County Fair, and also a warning in the form of signs on how to prevent tick and mosquito bites. YNN's Michael Howard reports.
RHINEBECK, N.Y. -- Crowds of people, rides, animals and traffic are just some of the things you’re bound to notice at the Dutchess County Fair this year. There are also new signs by the Dutchess County Health Department.
“We've been working on trying to educate the public on how to prevent tick bites” says commissioner Kari Reiber. “Not only tick bites, but mosquito bites as well.”
The Dutchess County Health Department is putting up interactive signs that give warning about the dangers of tick and mosquito bites, as well information on how to prevent them.
Earlier this month, a Poughkeepsie teenager, according to Poughkeepsie school officials, died from the rare tick-borne Powassan virus.
“We know that this virus is present in our region and is of concern because it can be potentially fatal, and it also has no known treatment” says Reiber.
By downloading a Q.R. app on a smart phone, fairgoers can scan a barcode at the bottom of the poster, bringing them to the Dutchess County Health Department’s website, with steps on how to stay safe.
“Obviously we have an audience this week of somewhere between 350 and 450,000 thousand people” says Fair Manager Andy Imperati. “It’s a good way to get the information out.”
The fair runs until 10 p.m. on Sunday.