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Employees and children of a Illinois Daycare are being screened 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 personnel to screen people at the facility. which may have been exposed.
“An adult at a Rantoul-area daycare center has tested positive for a case of monkeypox,” Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. Sameer Vohra said Friday. “The projections of children and other staff are currently taking place, and no additional cases have been discovered at this time. »
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) has confirmed that no other positive cases have been discovered.
At a press conference on Friday, CUPHD administrator Julie Pryde encouraged people to wash their hands regularly and offered a vaccine to those who believe they may have been exposed.
“Monkey pox is not airborne, it is mainly transmitted by close skin-to-skin contact. But it can also be spread by droplets during prolonged close contact and by contact with objects that may have been contaminated. such as towels or bedding,” Pryde said. . “It’s a virus and viruses don’t discriminate on 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,” she added. “If anyone has a case, and we know of it, we have very specific instructions on our website about how to safely isolate at home with other people.”
“We do anyone who has been exposed. So that would be any of the children who have been potentially exposed, any of the contacts, the family, anyone who has been potentially exposed in this situation is offered the vaccine, Pride also said.
On Thursday, the Biden administration declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency.
“In light of changing circumstances on the ground, I am declaring a public health emergency on #monkeypox,” Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra wrote in a tweet. “We are ready to take our response to the next level to fight this virus and urge all Americans to take monkeypox seriously.”
Later that same day, President Joe Biden said it would increase vaccine distribution and expand access to testing to detect the virus.
“I remain committed to our response to monkeypox: scaling up vaccine distribution, expanding testing, and educate at-risk communities,” he tweeted. “That’s why today’s declaration of a public health emergency on the virus is critical to addressing this outbreak with the urgency it deserves. “
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.