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Gov. Pritzker declares monkeypox virus outbreak a public health emergency in Illinois

Governor JB Pritzker on Monday declared the monkeypox virus a public health emergency and declared Illinois a “disaster area” regarding the disease. The declaration, which applies to the entire state, will allow the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to utilize resources for coordinating logistics across state agencies, quickly and efficiently aid in the distribution […]

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Illinois begins rolling out monkeypox vaccines to high-risk residents

A limited supply of the monkeypox vaccine is being prioritized for residents in certain high-risk categories, state health officials announced on Thursday. Illinois received 7,371 doses of the Jynneos vaccine and the City of Chicago received 18,707 doses as of Thursday, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said. Local health officials were advised that […]

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Health department reports first case of monkeypox in McHenry County

McHenry County health officials announced Saturday the first probable case of the monkeypox infection in a resident in McHenry County. The McHenry County Department of Health said they identified a single probable case of the monkeypox virus infection in an adult who met initial criteria for the disease and has a positive orthopoxvirus result. Confirmatory […]

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Illinois to receive ‘immediate allocation’ of vaccines for monkeypox as state reports 3rd highest case count in US

The state health department says that Illinois is receiving an “immediate allocation” of monkeypox vaccines as the state records the third most monkeypox cases in the United States. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is receiving the vaccines from the national stockpile. IDPH will initially receive 1,291 doses of the JYNNEOS vaccine while the […]

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Health officials say first probable case of monkeypox virus identified in Illinois

The state health department announced Thursday the first presumptive case of monkeypox was identified in Illinois in a resident who recently traveled internationally. Initial testing was completed Wednesday at an IDPH laboratory and confirmatory testing for monkeypox is pending at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) […]