CHICAGO (TOC) — Public well being officers have recognized 5 new confirmed circumstances of monkeypox in Chicago residents, bringing the overall to seven, in line with a press launch from the Chicago Dept. of Public Well being.
CDPH stated a few of the latest circumstances contain people who not too long ago traveled to Europe. One Chicago resident additionally reported attending the Worldwide Mr. Leather-based (IML) convention in Chicago from Might 26 to30.
CDPH officers stated residents from one other state who have been identified with monkeypox additionally reported attending the identical convention.
Chicago public well being officers stated they’ve contacted different public well being departments across the nation to request notification of any extra circumstances in individuals who visited Chicago from Might 26 to 30.
CDPH stated people attending festivals or different summer time occasions ought to contemplate how a lot shut, private, skin-to-skin contact is more likely to happen on the occasions they plan to attend.
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Chicago and Illinois public well being officers confirmed the primary possible case of monkeypox within the state in early June in an grownup male Chicago resident who not too long ago traveled to Europe.
“Chicago being a really giant worldwide hub for journey,” stated Dr. Irfan Hafiz, chief medical officer for Northwestern Medication Northwest Area. “It was inevitable that we might see a case or two, probably extra, in Chicago.”
Not like COVID-19, which is a brand new virus, monkeypox has been round for the reason that Nineteen Fifties and the vast majority of circumstances come from central and west Africa.
“Regardless that it isn’t more likely to be transmitted to a lot of folks like COVID, the those that get it may be fairly sick,” stated Dr. John Segreti, an epidemiologist at Rush College Medical Middle.
Signs embody rashes, sores and lesions that always look extreme, in addition to fever and muscle aches.
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Medical doctors say monkeypox is usually unfold by skin-to-skin contact, although it can be handed by means of contaminated clothes or bedding. And whereas it might make sufferers very sick, it isn’t often deadly.
Medical doctors say the smallpox vaccine typically works to guard from monkey pox, and there are additionally anti-viral medicine in the marketplace to deal with the virus as soon as a affected person has it.
“You are not gonna get if from strolling previous somebody or seeing them on a bus,” Segreti stated. “It’s a must to have very shut contact with somebody.”
Public well being officers say there may be little or no to no threat to those that haven’t been in shut bodily contact with a monkeypox affected person.
“I do not assume we’ll see plenty of circumstances, however possibly a number of dozen circumstances,” Segreti stated.
Most monkeypox sufferers expertise solely fever, physique aches, chills and fatigue. Folks with extra critical sickness could develop a rash and lesions on the face and fingers that may unfold to different components of the physique. No deaths have been reported within the present outbreak past Africa.
Not like with COVID-19, the prospect of asymptomatic unfold of monkeypox is taken into account low.
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