WOODSTOCK – The World Health Organization has designated March 24 as World TB Day, which raises awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis and efforts to eliminate the disease.
One-third of the world’s population is infected with tuberculosis.
The Stop TB Partnership, a network of organizations and countries fighting TB, organizes the day to highlight the scope of the disease and how to prevent and cure it.
In 2012, McHenry County had two cases of active tuberculosis and 31 people received preventive treatment.
The McHenry County Department of Health is active in conducting outbreak investigations and surveillance of TB cases, and providing skin test clinics, treatment for active and latent cases of TB, and outreach to those populations at high risk for developing TB.
The department’s TB Clinic, located in Building B on the Government Center campus (2200 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock), provides chest X-rays, diagnostic studies, laboratory services and medication at no charge to any resident or anyone employed in McHenry County.
“Directly observed treatment” also is provided to ensure patients take their medication at the dose and frequency prescribed to prevent the development of multi-drug-resistant TB that continues to grow as an international threat.
A small fee is charged for tuberculin skin testing.
For information on TB, call the health department’s communicable disease program at 815-334-4500 or visit www.mcdh.info.