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Health department extends disease survey

Published: Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 10:38 p.m. CST

By Kevin P. Craver -

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Department of Health is extending the deadline for residents to weigh in on education efforts to prevent West Nile virus and tick-borne diseases.

The deadline, originally set for Dec. 14, has been extended to Jan. 6.

The anonymous and confidential online survey, financed through a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health, is available on the county health department website,

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

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