Health officials confirm first probable case of monkeypox in Illinois

CHICAGO – Health officials have confirmed a probable case of monkeypox in Illinois.

The Chicago Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Thursday a single suspected case of monkeypox in an adult male resident of Chicago who recently traveled to Europe.

Officials said the patient was doing well and posed little risk to the general public.

Initial testing was completed Wednesday, and confirmatory testing is pending at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDPH and IDPH are working closely with the CDC and the patient’s healthcare providers to identify people the patient may have come into contact with while infectious.

Monkeypox is a rare but potentially serious viral disease. It usually begins with flu-like symptoms and swollen lymph nodes, and progresses to a rash on the face and body. Most infections last 2 to 4 weeks.

For more information, visit the CDC website.

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