Monkeypox Cases in Illinois
Illinois: Monkeypox cases and monkeypox vaccination data
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal.
This page shows data for the Monkeypox cases and deaths currently detected in Illinois.
Based on the most recent reports available, health authorities in Illinois have reported 1,315 monkeypox cases.
You can see how the Illinois Monkeypox cases count compares with the monkeypox cases count globally on the MonkeypoxTracker homepage.
How do people in Illinois get monkeypox?
Monkeypox is primarily spread through contact with the blood, bodily fluids, or skin of infected animals, such as rodents or primates. It can also be spread through close contact with an infected person. This can include contact with an infected person's skin, especially if the person is experiencing a rash, or contact with an infected person's respiratory secretions, such as saliva, mucus, or semen. In addition, monkeypox can be spread through contact with objects that have been contaminated with the virus, such as bedding or clothing.
Monkeypox is not as contagious as smallpox and is not as easily spread from person to person. However, the risk of infection is increased among people who live in or have recently traveled to areas where monkeypox is known to occur and among people who have had close contact with an infected person or animal.
It's also important to note that people who have been vaccinated against smallpox are at a lower risk of getting monkeypox.
What should I do if I get monkeypox in Illinois?
If you suspect you have contracted monkeypox, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Here are some steps you can take: First, contact your healthcare provider and inform them of your symptoms and possible exposure to monkeypox. Then, follow their instructions on how to safely seek medical attention. Also, follow their guidelines on how to prevent the spread of the disease to others. Your healthcare provider will then report the case to the state health department, who will then notify the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and work to implement control measures to prevent further spread. It's important to note that monkeypox is rare and most people who are infected will recover without any serious problems. However, if you have a weakened immune system, you may be at a higher risk of complications. Your healthcare provider can provide you with more information on how to manage your symptoms and prevent the spread of the disease to others.
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Source: CDC.gov. Last update: Fri Mar 31 2023