Illinois Daycare Worker Tests Positive for Monkeypox, Potentially Exposing Children
A worker at a daycare center in Illinois has tested positive for monkeypox, according to state health officials, who noted that the individual is in isolation and doing well.
Lauri Sanders, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Public Health, said the case, which was identified at an undisclosed child crèche in the village of Rantoul, is the state’s first case linked to a daycare.
Officials said screening of children, other employees, and their close contacts was underway, according to a news release from the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) obtained by The News-Gazette.
“There are no other cases at this time, but a complete assessment is being conducted of all adults and children at the facility,” the release said. “If a child that’s enrolled has had a potential exposure, the parent or guardian will be contacted by CUPHD.”…
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