Illinois daycare worker tests positive for monkeypox, children and other potentially exposed staff

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Employees and children at an Illinois daycare are being tested for monkeypox after an employee tested positive for the disease, health officials said.

The positive case at a daycare center in Rantoul, Illinois, was the third case in Champaign County, prompting health care staff to test people at the facility who may have been exposed.

“An adult at a nursery in the Rantoul area has tested positive for a case of monkeypox,” Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Sameer Vohra said Friday. “Assessments of children and other staff are underway now, and no additional cases have been found at this time.”

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) confirmed that no other positive cases had been discovered.

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During a press conference Friday, CUPHD Administrator Julie Pryde encouraged people to wash their hands regularly and offered a vaccine to those who think they may have been exposed.

“Monkeypox is not airborne, it spreads primarily through close skin-to-skin contact. But it can also spread through droplets during prolonged close contact and through contact with items that may have been contaminated. like towels or bedding,” Pryde said. . “It’s a virus and viruses don’t discriminate who they affect.”

“It’s your usual things that we always say, and the main thing is that you always wash your hands very well,” he added. “If someone has a case and we know about it, we have very specific instructions on our website on how to safely isolate at home with other people.”

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“We are doing anyone who has been exposed. So it would be any of the children who were potentially exposed, any of the contacts, the family, anyone who has been potentially exposed in this situation is offered the vaccine,” Pryde said as well. .

On Thursday, the Biden administration declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency.

“In light of evolving circumstances on the ground, I am declaring a public health emergency for #monkeypox,” Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra wrote in a tweet. “We are prepared to take our response to the next level to address this virus, and we urge all Americans to take monkeypox seriously.”

Later that day, President Joe Biden said he would increase vaccine distribution and expand access to testing for the virus.

“I remain committed to our response to Monkeypox: increasing vaccine distribution, expanding testing, and educating communities at risk,” he tweeted. “That’s why today’s declaration of a public health emergency on the virus is critical to dealing with this outbreak with the urgency it deserves.”

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Monkeypox is a particularly rare disease that has infected more than 6,600 Americans. It can cause fever, body aches, chills, fatigue, and pimple-like bumps on many parts of the body and is spread through prolonged skin-to-skin contact.

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