DuPage County sees first ‘possible’ monkeypox case: officials

DuPage County introduced its first possible case of monkeypox on Saturday as small clusters of instances proceed to develop in “countries that don’t normally have monkeypox,“ according to a DuPage County Health Department release.

The case is in an adult male who recently traveled in the past month to a country which has also reported monkeypox cases recently, the statement said. No further information about the patient was released.

“The case remains isolated and at this time there is no indication there is a great risk of extensive local spread of the virus, as monkeypox does not spread as easily as the COVID-19 virus,” the assertion mentioned.

The county and state well being departments are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish individuals who might have been in touch with the contaminated particular person. Initial testing was performed at an Illinois Department of Public Health laboratory.

As of Friday, there have been 49 confirmed instances throughout 16 states, together with Illinois, in keeping with the CDC.

Monkeypox is a uncommon viral sickness that sometimes begins with flu-like signs and swelling of the lymph nodes earlier than progressing to a rash on the face and physique. The sickness sometimes lasts two to 4 weeks.

It might be unfold from individual to individual by way of shut bodily contact with monkeypox sores; objects which were contaminated with fluids or sores, similar to clothes or bedding; or by way of respiratory droplets throughout extended face-to-face contact, in keeping with the state and metropolis well being departments.

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