CHICAGO (TOC) — A second possible case of monkeypox has been recognized in Illinois, Chicago public well being officers mentioned Friday.
The second particular person to check optimistic for monkeypox is an in depth contact of the primary optimistic case, in response to an announcement from the Chicago Dept. of Public Well being.
“The danger to most people stays low,” the assertion mentioned.
A 2nd possible case of monkeypox in IL has been present in Chicago. The case was an in depth contact of the primary optimistic case. The danger to most people stays low.
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Chicago and Illinois public well being officers confirmed the primary possible case of monkeypox within the state on Thursday in an grownup male Chicago resident who just lately traveled to Europe.
An preliminary check at an IDPH laboratory yielded a optimistic orthopoxvirus end result, and confirmatory testing is pending on the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC).
“Chicago being a really massive worldwide hub for journey,” mentioned Dr. Irfan Hafiz, chief medical officer for Northwestern Medication Northwest Area. “It was inevitable that we’d see a case or two, probably extra, in Chicago.”Not like COVID-19, which is a brand new virus, monkeypox has been round because the Nineteen Fifties and nearly all of instances come from central and west Africa.
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However because the begin of the 12 months, the CDC has recognized 22 instances of monkeypox in 19 states on this nation. And whereas it is a first in Illinois, docs say they don’t anticipate a widespread outbreak.
“Although it is not more likely to be transmitted to numerous individuals like COVID, the those who get it may be fairly sick,” mentioned Dr. John Segreti, an epidemiologist at Rush College Medical Heart.
Signs embody rashes, sores and lesions that usually look extreme, in addition to fever and muscle aches. In a joint assertion the state and metropolis well being departments say “The particular person didn’t require hospitalization and is isolating at residence in good situation.”
Docs say monkeypox is usually unfold by skin-to-skin contact, although it will also be handed via contaminated clothes or bedding. And whereas it could possibly make sufferers very sick, it isn’t normally deadly.Docs say the smallpox vaccine typically works to guard from monkey pox, and there are additionally anti-viral medicine available on the market 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 mentioned. “You need to have very shut contact with somebody.”
Public well being officers say there may be little or no to no danger to those that haven’t been in shut bodily contact with the Illinois monkeypox affected person. They’re within the means of doing contact tracing to determine those that could have been near the affected person.
“I do not suppose we’ll see plenty of instances, however possibly a couple of dozen instances,” Segreti mentioned.
Most monkeypox sufferers expertise solely fever, physique aches, chills and fatigue. Individuals with extra severe sickness could develop a rash and lesions on the face and arms that may unfold to different elements of the physique. No deaths have been reported within the present outbreak past Africa.
Not like with COVID-19, the possibility of asymptomatic unfold of monkeypox is taken into account low. With this Illinois case, officers say they’re conducting contact tracing. However for now, there is no indication of serious unfold.
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