Health department starts survey on West Nile, Lyme diseases

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Department of Health wants you to help it improve its education efforts regarding preventing West Nile virus and tick-borne diseases.

The department has designed an anonymous and confidential online survey through a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health. The survey will be available on the county health department website,, from Dec. 1 through Dec. 14.

The survey, available in English and Spanish, looks to measure what residents know about the insect-borne diseases, where they heard that information, and whether they know how to protect themselves.

The health department reported its first West Nile cases in 2001 – two cases were reported this year. Thirty-six cases of tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever have been reported this year.

For more information on the diseases, visit the department's website or call 815-334-4510.