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Monkey Pox Update

Wednesday, August 03, 2022
Special to suffredin.org

August 3, 2022

Monkey Pox Update

Monekypox virus (MPV) is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. MPV symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder. While painful, monkeypox is rarely fatal, particularly in the United States.

The 2022 outbreak of MPV has reached 77 counties and resulted in more than 20,000 cases across the globe. The World Health Organization declared monkeypox virus (MPV) a global health emergency on July 23, 2022. The State of Illinois has also declared monkeypox a Public Health Emergency.

As of July 29, there were 326 cases of MPV in the City of Chicago and 31 cases of MPV in suburban Cook County. The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) is tracking cases, conducting contact tracing, and providing technical assistance to healthcare providers in its jurisdiction.

The MPV is spread by skin-to-skin contact, particularly intimate contact, prolonged exposure to an infected person’s respiratory droplets, or close contact with lesions/objects that have had contact with bodily lesions (e.g., linens, towels, dishes). Symptoms include fever, body aches, swollen lymph nodes and a rash. Any person can get monkeypox, but 98 percent of the cases in this outbreak have been found in men who have sex with men.

Supply of the FDA-approved MPV vaccine, Jynneos, remains limited. Cook County Health (CCH) is striving to prioritize vaccinating individuals who are at highest risk for contracting the virus. CCH is offering MPV screening and vaccination at the CORE Center on Chicago’s West side. CCH is working closely with the Chicago Department of Public Health and CCDPH to ensure clinical sites are prepared for MPV diagnostics, patient education, vaccination and treatment.

CCDPH is also working with other suburban hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies, to establish partnerships to provide vaccine in suburban communities. CCDPH continues to receive limited supply of vaccine from the Strategic National Stockpile through the Illinois Department of Public Health.

While any person can get the MPV, MPV vaccine is not recommended for the general public. See the infographic for details on who is eligible for vaccination.

CCH is offering monkeypox screenings and vaccinations by appointment. To make an appointment, call 312-572-4500 and press 0.

CCDPH’s educational information can be found here: cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/monkeypox

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