Presumed monkeypox case reported in suburban Cook County, health officials say

Presumed monkeypox case reported in suburban Cook County, health officials say

CHICAGO (TOC) — A presumed case of monkeypox has been reported in suburban Prepare dinner County Saturday, in line with well being officers.

The video featured is from a earlier report.

The case relies on preliminary epidemiologic traits and a optimistic orthopoxvirus consequence, in line with the Prepare dinner County Division of Well being.

Well being officers mentioned the case stays remoted and the individual’s shut contacts are being recognized by CCFPH.

Monkeypox doesn’t unfold simply between folks, and the time between publicity and when signs begin provides well being officers time to trace down contacts and break the chain of an infection, CCDPH reassured. Individuals who do not need monkeypox signs can not unfold the virus to others, officers added.

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“The danger to residents of suburban Prepare dinner County stays low, however we wish people to concentrate on the indicators and signs of monkeypox in order that they search medical care in the event that they develop,” mentioned Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, CCDPH Chief Working Officer. “CCDPH is actively monitoring all of the contacts of this case to make them conscious of their threat and scale back doable transmission.”

If confirmed by the CDC, it might make the 16 case in Illinois, together with 14 instances reported in Chicago and one in DuPage County.

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Monkeypox is a uncommon, however doubtlessly severe, viral sickness which belongs to the orthopoxvirus household. An infection sometimes begins with flu-like signs and swelling of the lymph nodes and progresses to a rash on the face and physique, CCDPH mentioned.

Medical doctors say monkeypox is mostly unfold by skin-to-skin contact, although it will also be handed by means of contaminated clothes or bedding. And whereas it might probably make sufferers very sick, it’s not often deadly.

Signs of monkeypox can embody:

FeverHeadacheMuscle aches and backacheSwollen lymph nodesChillsExhaustionA rash that may seem like pimples or blisters that seems on the face, contained in the mouth, and on different components of the physique, just like the arms, ft, chest, genitals, or anus

Generally, folks get a rash first, adopted by different signs. Others solely expertise a rash. The rash goes by means of totally different levels earlier than therapeutic fully. Most infections final two to 4 weeks and resolve on their very own, however some instances can develop into extreme.

The Chicago Division of Public Well being mentioned people attending festivals or different summer season occasions ought to contemplate how a lot shut, private, skin-to-skin contact is prone to happen on the occasions they plan to attend.

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