IDPH: second probable case of monkeypox discovered in Chicago | Illinois News

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CHICAGO (AP) — A second probable case of monkeypox has been discovered in Chicago, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced Friday.

The second case was a close contact of the first positive case that was announced Thursday, the department said in a tweet.

“Risk to the general public remains low,” the tweet read.

The first case was found in a Chicago man who recently traveled to Europe, officials said. The man did not require hospitalization and is “isolating at home in good condition,” the Chicago Department of Public Health and Illinois Department of Public Health said.

As of Friday, the United States had identified at least 20 cases in 11 states.

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Monkeypox belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox, but its symptoms are milder. People usually recover in two to four weeks without needing to be hospitalized, but the disease is sometimes fatal.

Monkeypox is usually found in West and Central African countries with tropical rainforests, but recently the disease has been discovered in over 20 countries including Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, the United States, Israel and Australia.

More than 500 cases of monkeypox have been reported, many apparently linked to sexual activity at two recent raves in Europe. No deaths have been reported.

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