Evanston reports suspected case of monkeypox

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Evanston Health and Human Services Department is in the process of confirming its first suspected case of monkeypox.

The case was reported Wednesday morning, and health officials are now waiting for testing results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

HHS is tracking close contacts to the case to make them aware of their risk. Only one close contact has been identified.

“The risk to Evanston residents remains low, but we want individuals to be aware of the signs and symptoms of monkeypox so that they seek medical care if they develop,” said Health & Human Services Director Ike Ogbo.

On Monday, the Cook County Department of Public Health and Illinois Department of Public Health announced the first reported presumptive case of monkeypox in a resident of suburban Cook County, in Forest Park.

Monkeypox is a rare, but potentially serious, viral illness belonging to the orthopoxvirus family.

Infection typically begins with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes and progresses to a rash on the face and body.

Symptoms include: fever; headache; muscle aches and backaches; swollen lymph nodes; chills; exhaustion; a rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth and on other parts of the body.

Visit https://cookcountypublichealth.org/communicable-diseases/monkeypox/ to learn more about monkeypox.

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