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Illinois healthcare providers advised to watch for potential monkeypox cases


The Illinois Department of Public Health says it is working with other health agencies to investigate suspected cases of the monkeypox virus. As of Thursday, IDPH reported a total of ten Illinois. Eight of those have been confirmed by the CDC. All are in the Chicago area.

An effort to identify those who may have been in contact with the infected individuals continues. Officials say the threat to the general public remains low. The CDC as of Thursday reported 84 cases in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Most have mild symptoms. There have been no deaths.

Healthcare providers are urged to watch for patients with rashes consistent with the virus.

Monkeypox is rare, but the virus can spread through close contact. According to the CDC, anyone regardless of sexual orientation can spread monkeypox through contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores, or shared items (such as clothing and bedding) that have been contaminated with fluids or sores of a person with monkeypox. Monkeypox virus can also spread between people through respiratory droplets typically in a close setting, such as the same household or a healthcare setting. Common household disinfectants can kill the monkeypox virus.

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral […]

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