Extra doses of the monkeypox vaccine have arrived in Illinois, well being officers in Cook dinner County introduced Friday, saying 86 doses had been shipped to the county’s well being division.
Late final month, the Illinois Division of Public Well being introduced it was anticipating to obtain 1,291 doses of the two-dose JYNNEOS vaccine. One other 3,200 had been set to be delivered to the Chicago Division of Public Well being.
As of Friday, Illinois was seeing the third most monkeypox circumstances out of all U.S. states, with a complete of 115 reported.
For these hoping to get the vaccine, doses aren’t available but.
Presently, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention is not recommending widespread vaccination, based on well being officers. Because the vaccine is proscribed in provide, doses are being prioritized for “use as post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for people with identified or suspected contact with monkeypox circumstances,” based on the Cook dinner County Division of Public Well being.
Further doses may very well be coming to the area within the close to future, and extra individuals might quickly be eligible, too.
CCDPH mentioned it is contemplating increasing vaccinations to these with a higher-than-normal danger of publicity, together with shut private contacts of individuals with monkeypox.
Monkeypox is a uncommon, however doubtlessly critical viral sickness, which frequently begins with flu-like signs and swelling of the lymph nodes, and progresses to a rash on the face and physique, well being consultants mentioned. It was first noticed in Africa in 1970, and is often present in western and central parts of the continent.
A worldwide outbreak has grown in current months.
Virus signs vary from fever, aches and rashes all around the physique.
“Suspected circumstances might current with early flu-like signs and progress to lesions that will start on one website on the physique and unfold to different components,” the Chicago Division of Public Well being beforehand acknowledged.
Dr. Irfan Hafiz, an infectious illness specialist with Northwestern Drugs’s McHenry and Huntley Hospitals, mentioned the virus causes signs which might be just like a number of maladies, together with chickenpox or smallpox.
“It might, to the layperson, appear to be chickenpox or warts,” he mentioned. “However these (sores) are typically in uncovered areas.”
Well being consultants additionally mentioned the sickness will be confused with a sexually transmitted an infection like syphilis or herpes, or with varicella zoster virus.
Federal well being officers are urging docs within the U.S. to “think about a prognosis of monkeypox in individuals who current with a constant rash, particularly in the event that they meet any of the next standards:
- Had contact with somebody who had a rash that appears like monkeypox or somebody who was identified with confirmed or possible monkeypox
- Had skin-to-skin-contact with somebody in a social community experiencing monkeypox exercise; this consists of males who’ve intercourse with males who meet companions by a web-based web site, digital utility (app), or social occasion (e.g., a bar or celebration)
- Traveled exterior the US to a rustic with confirmed circumstances of monkeypox or the place monkeypox exercise has been ongoing
- Had contact with a lifeless or reside wild animal or unique pet that exists solely in Africa or used a product derived from such animals (e.g., recreation meat, lotions, lotions, powders, and so on.)