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Monkeypox Outbreak

Cook County Health is offering monkeypox vaccination at several health centers, including suburban Cook County locations in Arlington Heights, Blue Island and North Riverside.
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CDC is urging healthcare providers in the United States to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox. (See FAQs tab for symptoms).
If you are a healthcare provider, see the  CCDPH MPV Information for Healthcare Providers page for more information.

About the 2022 MPV Outbreak

CCDPH continues to respond to the monkeypox (MPV) outbreak in suburban Cook County. Currently, the risk to the general public is low. We have been actively engaged in a number of strategies to reduce the spread of MPV, including:

  • Facilitating testing and conducting contact tracing for cases
  • Ensuring contacts and high-risk individuals have access to vaccination
  • Connecting high-risk cases to treatment
  • Public communication and community outreach

Since mid-May, the CDC, state and local health departments have been closely tracking an outbreak of monkeypox (MPV) that has spread across several countries that don’t normally report the disease, including the United States.

Most of the current MPV cases in the U.S. are occurring in social networks of men who have sex with men and individuals with multiple or anonymous sex partners. However, it is not limited to these individuals.

Key Events

  • On July 23, 2022, the World Health Organization declared MPV a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
  • On Aug. 1, 2022, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker declared MPV a public health emergency in the state of Illinois, to rapidly mobilize all available public health resources to prevent and treat MPV and ensure smooth coordination at all levels of government.
  • On Aug. 4, 2022, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra declared MPV a Public Health Emergency (PHE) to further strengthen and accelerate the federal response to the continued rapid transmission of monkeypox in the U.S. and globally.

Total Cases

Hospitalizations

Deaths

Residents Vaccinated

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox (MPV) is a contagious disease caused by the monkeypox virus.

MPV is not as contagious as COVID-19 or the flu. The risk of spread is highest during oral sex, anal sex, vaginal sex, and other intimate contact such as hugging, kissing, cuddling and massage.

It is most often spread through:

  • Direct, prolonged contact with a rash or sores of someone who has the virus
  • Coming in contact with clothing, bedding or other items used by the person with the virus
  • Respiratory droplets passed through prolonged face-to-face contact over several hours

For more information, visit the CDC Monkeypox page

Monkeypox in Suburban Cook County

Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) is tracking MPV cases and contacts in suburban Cook County. The risk to the general public is currently low. The graphs below contain information about confirmed MPV cases in suburban Cook County by age, race, sex, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Data are updated weekly on Mondays.

Date Last Updated: November 28, 2022
Data are provisional and subject to change.

 

Cases by Age Group

Age GroupCount(%)
0-172(1.5%)
18-2411(8.1%)
25-3450(36.8%)
35-4445(33.8%)
45-5422(16.2%)
55-645(3.7%)
65+0(0%)
Total135(100%)

Cases by Sex

SexCount(%)
Male128(94.9%)
Female7(5.1%)
Total135(100%)

Cases by Race/Ethnicity

Race/EthnicityCount(%)
Hispanic/Latinx48(35.3%)
Black, not Hispanic/Latinx47(34.6%)
White, not Hispanic/Latinx33(25%)
Other, not Hispanic/Latinx3(2.2%)
Asian, not Hispanic/Latinx2(1.5%)
Unknown2(1.5%)
Total135(100%)

Cases by Sexual Orientation

Sexual OrientationCount(%)
Lesbian or Gay47(34.6%)
Unknown40(29.4%)
Bisexual22(16.9%)
Straight, Not Gay or Lesbian22(16.2%)
Other4(2.9%)
Total135(100%)

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ fact sheets and social media graphics can be downloaded in English and Spanish by clicking on the Communications Materials tab.

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.

Is MPV deadly?

Infections with the type of monkeypox virus identified in this outbreak—the West African type—are rarely fatal. Over 99% of people who get this form of the disease are likely to survive. However, people with weakened immune systems, children under 8 years of age, people with a history of eczema, and people who are pregnant or breastfeeding may be more likely to get seriously ill or die.

Although the West African type is rarely fatal, symptoms can be extremely painful, and people might have permanent scarring resulting from the rash.

What does MPV look like?

Below are some examples of what MPV looks like. For more information please visit the CDC website 

Am I at risk for MPV?

Anyone can get MPV. As of 8/18/2022, vaccine eligibility criteria for monkeypox vaccination will include anyone (including students enrolled in universities/colleges), who meets EITHER of the following criteria AND has not previously been infected with MPV:

  • Anyone who had close contact (e.g., household members with close physical contact or intimate partners) with someone diagnosed with MPV regardless of sex, gender, or sexual orientation.
  • Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men and transgender persons who are sexually active.

If this sounds like you, or you have symptoms of MPV, contact a healthcare provider. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, call Cook County Health at 312-864-0200 or the HIV Resource Hub at 844-482-4040. CDC recommends vaccination within 4 days from the date of exposure for the best chance to avoid getting monkeypox.

What are the symptoms of MPV?
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Rash on face, body or genitals

Please note: Some individuals may only get a rash and no other symptoms.

What should I do if I have MPV symptoms?

If you have fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, enlarged lymph nodes, rash or sores on face, body or genitals:

  • Stay home and away from other people (isolate).
  • Schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, call Cook County Health at 312-864-0200 or the HIV Resource Hub at 844-482-4040.
  • Wear a mask and cover rash (if present) when you go to the appointment.
  • If you have a rash or sore available for testing, the healthcare provider will call the health department for next steps. The healthcare provider will take a sample from the rash or sore to send to a lab.
  • Wear a mask and keep rash covered while in public and continue to isolate while waiting for test results.
How is MPV spread?

Monkeypox can spread in various ways. MPV can spread person-to-person through:

  • Direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs or body fluids
  • Respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact or during intimate physical contact such as kissing, cuddling or sex
  • Handling personal items like bedding, towels, laundry, utensils, fetish gear and sex toys
Can you get MPV through casual contact?

No. MPV is spread by direct contact with:

  • Infectious rash, scabs or body fluids
  • Respiratory secretions shared during prolonged face-to-face and physical contact (kissing, cuddling or sex)
  • Personal items like bedding, towels, laundry, utensils, fetish gear and sex toys.
Should I get vaccinated for MPV?

As of 8/18/2022, vaccine eligibility criteria for monkeypox vaccination will include anyone (including students enrolled in universities/colleges), who meets EITHER of the following criteria AND has not previously been infected with MPV:

  • Anyone who had close contact (e.g., household members with close physical contact or intimate partners) with someone diagnosed with MPV regardless of sex, gender, or sexual orientation.
  • Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men and transgender persons who are sexually active.

If this sounds like you, contact a healthcare provider. If you don’t have a healthcare provider, call Cook County Health at 312-864-0200 or the HIV Resource Hub at 844-482-4040.

Will MPV vaccination prevent monkeypox?
  • If vaccination is given 4–14 days after the date of exposure, it may reduce symptoms, but may not prevent MPV infection.
  • CDC recommends vaccination within 4 days from the date of exposure to avoid getting monkeypox.
  • The sooner an exposed person gets the vaccine, the better.
Does the MPV vaccine have side effects?

Side effects are common and usually mild. Most people have redness, swelling and pain where they got the shot. You may feel tired, have a headache and muscle pain.

What do I need to know about MPV treatment?
  • Most people recover from MPV without needing treatment.
  • There is an antiviral drug called Tecovirimat (TPOXX) that can be given to people who are more likely to get severely ill, like patients with weakened immune systems, genital or eye lesions, or are pregnant.
  • TPOXX must be prescribed by a physician in coordination with the local health department (CCDPH).
  • For more information, talk to your provider or visit the CDC website at: https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/clinicians/Tecovirimat.html
What is the latest guidance for schools and daycare?
Who should get tested for MPV?

People who think they have monkeypox or have had close personal contact with someone who has monkeypox should visit a healthcare provider to help them decide if they need to be tested for monkeypox. If they decide that you should be tested, they will work with you to collect the specimens and send them to a laboratory for testing.

If you don’t have a healthcare provider, call Cook County Health at 312-864-0200 or the HIV Resource Hub at 844-482-4040.

Where can I go for MPV vaccination?

Cook County Health is offering monkeypox vaccination at several health centers, including suburban Cook County locations in Arlington Heights, Blue Island and North Riverside. Learn More.

Click on the “Get Care” tab above for a list of CCH and CCDPH vaccination partners.

How can I get vaccinated for MPV?

In suburban Cook County, we are distributing vaccine to healthcare providers who reach eligible populations. Please be patient. There is currently not enough vaccine for all those who qualify to receive a dose, but this is expected to improve as more vaccine becomes available.

If you meet the eligibility criteria under "Should I get vaccinated for MPV?" you can:

  • Contact your healthcare provider. (Note: If the provider is not familiar with MPV, encourage them to visit our website for more information.) OR
  • Click the "Get Care" tab to see the list of healthcare providers who are offering JYNNEOS™ vaccination in suburban Cook County. (Note: Supplies are limited. Appointments may be required.).
  • If you are a Chicago resident, please click here for more information.

Get Care

Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) has a limited supply of JYNNEOS™ vaccine for those considered high risk for MPV infection. The JYNNEOS™ vaccine is fully licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for adults 18 years of age and older and is available via Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for individuals less than 18 years of age. JYNNEOS™ is a two-dose vaccine given under the skin 28 days apart. Currently supply is limited but expected to increase in the coming weeks and months.

Click below for information about vaccine eligibility and how to get vaccinated. A list of vaccine providers in suburban Cook County are listed under “How to Get Vaccinated.”

Who Should Get Vaccinated

CCDPH MPV Vaccine Eligibility

  1. You have NOT been previously infected with MPV (monkeypox)

AND

2. Have been exposed to MPV

AND/OR

3. Are in a population deemed currently to be at higher risk of being exposed to MPV*

*Currently includes:

  • Having a diagnosis of HIV.
  • Being eligible and/or currently taking PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to prevent HIV infection.
  • Identifying as a bisexual, gay, or other same-gender loving man who is currently sexually active.
  • Identifying as a transgender or non-binary person who is currently sexually active.
  • Having a diagnosis of an STI (sexually transmitted disease) in the past 6 months.
  • Having had sex at a commercial sex venue (e.g. sex club or bathhouse) in the past 6 months.
  • Having had sex at an event or venue where MPV transmission is known to have occurred.
  • Exchanging goods or services for sex.

How to Get Vaccinated

In suburban Cook County, we are distributing vaccine to healthcare providers who reach eligible populations. Please be patient. There is currently not enough vaccine for all those who qualify to receive a dose, but this is expected to improve as more vaccine becomes available.

If you think you are eligible, you can:

  • Contact your healthcare provider. (Note: If the provider is not familiar with MPV, encourage them to visit our website for more information.) OR
  • See the list below of healthcare providers who are offering JYNNEOS™ vaccination. (Note: Supplies are limited. Appointments may be required.).
  • If you are a Chicago resident, please click here for more information.

Cook County Health Locations

Facility/Website Address Phone
Arlington Heights Health Center 3250 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Suite 300, Arlington Heights 833-308-1988
Blue Island Health Center 12757 S. Western Ave., Blue Island 833-308-1988
North Riverside Health Center 1800 S. Harlem Ave., Suite A, North Riverside 833-308-1988

Partner Locations

Facility/Website Address Phone Appointment Info
Alivio Medical Center​ 6447 W. Cermak Rd., Berwyn 773-254-1400 Appointment Required
Alivio Medical Center​ at Corazon Community Health 5339 W 25th St., Cicero 773-254-1400 Two dates only: 8/24, 8/31 (Wednesdays) Appointments required
Broadway Medical Center​ 153 1/2 Broadway Ave., Melrose Park 708-345-8960​ Appointment Required
Broadway Medical Center​ 4009 Warren Ave., Bellwood 708-345-8960​ Appointment Required
Esperanza​ 2001 S. California Ave., Suite 100​, Chicago (773) 584-6200​ Appointment Required
Holy Family Pharmacy​ 1400 E Golf Rd., Des Plaines 847-296-1400​​ Appointment Required
Howard Brown Health Clark​ 6500 N. Clark St.​, Chicago 773-388-1600​ Appointment Required
Howard Brown Health Sheridan​ 4025 N Sheridan Rd.​, Chicago 773-388-1600​ Appointment Required
Howard Brown Health 63rd Street​ 641 W 63rd Street​, Chicago 773-388-1600​ Appointment Required
Howard Brown Health 55th Street​ 1525 E 55th Street​, Chicago 773-388-1600​ Appointment Required
Project Wish/ UIC​ 840 S Wood St., Room B40​, Chicago Appointment Website Appointment Required
Rush University Adolescent Family Center​ 1645 W Jackson Blvd., Suite 315A​, Chicago 888-352-7874​ Appointment Required
Wellness Home- Halsted​ 3416 S. Halsted St​, Chicago 773-621-7725 ​ Appointment Required
Wellness Home - Lakeview​ 2835 N. Sheffield Ave., #500​, Chicago 773-296-2400​ Appointment Required

If you have symptoms, call your doctor. If you do not have a health care provider, call Cook County Health at 312-864-0200 or HIV Resource Hub at 844-482-4040.

Communications Materials

Click below to download social media graphics, FAQs, palm cards and more.

Monkeypox Communications Materials - in English
Image Content Categories Date Link hf:doc_categories

MPV and Safer Sex 3 (JPG): MPV and Safer Sex Social Media Graphic

, September 7, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

MPV and Safer Sex 2 (JPG): MPV and Safer Sex Social Media Graphic

, September 7, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

MPV and Safer Sex 1 (JPG): MPV and Safer Sex Social Media Graphic

, September 7, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Who is eligible for MPV vaccine? (JPG): Who is eligible for MPV vaccine? Social Media Graphic

, September 7, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

MPV & Safer Sex Fact Sheet  (PDF): MPV & Safer Sex Facts

, August 29, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Flyer Graphic (PDF): About Monkeypox (MPV) FAQs

, August 4, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Flyer Graphic: CDC Monkeypox and Safer Sex from the CDC

, August 4, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Flyer Graphic: CDC Reducing Stigma in Monkeypox Communication and Community Engagement from the CDC

, August 4, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Social Media Graphic: MPV – Answer the call

, August 4, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Social Media Graphic:Anyone can get MPV

, August 4, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Social Media Graphic: Can you get MPV through casual contact?

, August 4, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Social Media Graphic: How is MPV spread?

, August 4, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Social Media Graphic: What’s the MPV risk for kids going back to school?

, August 4, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Social Media Graphic: Does the MPV vaccine have side effects?

, August 4, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Social Media Graphic: About MPV treatment

, August 4, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Social Media Graphic: What are the symptoms of MPV?

, August 4, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Social Media Graphic: What should I do if I have MPV symptoms?

, August 4, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Social Media Graphic: Who can get MPV?

, August 4, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Social Media Graphic: Will the MPV vaccination prevent Monkeypox?

, August 4, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Social Media Graphic: CDC Monkeypox Rash Images

, July 15, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Flyer Graphic: IDHP Monkeypox Infographic (Legal Paper Size)

, July 6, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Pamphlet Graphic: IDHP Pamphlet Inside Tri-Fold English

, July 6, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Pamphlet Graphic: IDHP Pamphlet Tri-Fold – English

, July 6, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Pamphlet Graphic: Blank Inside Pamphlet Tri-Fold – English

, July 6, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english

Pamphlet Graphic: Blank Cover Pamphlet Tri-Fold – English

, July 6, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-english
Monkeypox Communications Materials - in Spanish
Image Content Categories Date Link hf:doc_categories

MPV Fact Sheet – Spanish (PDF): MPV & Safer Sex Fact Sheet – Spanish

, September 13, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-spanish

MPV Social Media Graphic – Spanish (JPG): MPV Eligibility Social Media Graphic – Spanish (Square)

, September 13, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-spanish

Social Media Graphic: Will MPV vaccination prevent Monkeypox? – Spanish

, August 9, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-spanish

Social Media Graphic: Who can get MPV? – Spanish

, August 9, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-spanish

Social Media Graphic: What should I do if I have MPV symptoms? – Spanish

, August 9, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-spanish

Social Media Graphic: What is the MPV risk for kids going back to school ? – Spanish

, August 9, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-spanish

Social Media Graphic: Does the MPV vaccine have Side-Effects? – Spanish

, August 9, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-spanish

Social Media Graphic: Can you get MPV through casual contact? – Spanish

, August 9, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-spanish

Social Media Graphic: How is MPV spread? – Spanish

, August 9, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-spanish

Social Media Graphic: Anyone can get MPV – Spanish

, August 9, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-spanish

Social Media Graphic: Answer the call MPV – Spanish

, August 9, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-spanish

Social Media Graphic: About MPV treatment – Spanish

, August 9, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-spanish

PDF Document: Monkeypox (MPV) Fact Sheet – in Spanish, Acerca de la Viruela del Mono (MPV)

, August 9, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-spanish

Pamphlet Graphic: IDHP Pamphlet Inside Tri-Fold – Spanish

, July 6, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-spanish

Pamphlet Graphic: IDHP Pamphlet Tri-Fold – Spanish

, July 6, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-spanish

Pamphlet Graphic: Blank Inside Pamphlet Tri-Fold – English

, July 6, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-spanish

Pamphlet Graphic: Blank Pamphlet Tri-Fold – Spanish

, July 6, 2022 monkeypox monkeypox-spanish

Partners

The Monkeypox (MPV) outbreak is escalating rapidly, and healthcare providers and schools are asked to establish plans for their organizations. Below are links to information for each of these partner groups.

Information for Healthcare Providers

Information for Schools

Updated November 28, 2022, 1:42 PM