Illinois monkeypox cases rise to 15, mostly in Chicago, CDC says

Gary, Indiana also confirms 1st case

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Illinois monkeypox cases rise to 15, mostly in Chicago: CDC
Illinois monkeypox cases rose to 15, mostly in Chicago the CDC said. Gary, Indiana also confirmed its first case.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Health officials have confirmed 15 cases of monkeypox in Illinois as of Tuesday.

Fourteen of those cases are in Chicago and one is in DuPage County.

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The health commissioner in Gary also confirmed the city's first case of monkeypox. It's one of two cases that have been identified in Indiana.

As of June 17, the CDC has confirmed a total of 113 monkeypox cases nationwide.

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Doctors say monkeypox is generally spread by skin-to-skin contact, though it can also be passed through contaminated clothing or bedding. And while it can make patients very sick, it is not usually fatal. Symptoms include rashes, sores and lesions that often look severe, as well as fever and muscle aches.

The Chicago Department of Public Health said individuals attending festivals or other summer events should consider how much close, personal, skin-to-skin contact is likely to occur at the events they plan to attend.