Sycamore High School reports positive case of monkey pox

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CHICAGO (TAUT) — Sycamore High School reported that a person there tested positive for monkey pox.

District 427 said in a press release it had been notified of the matter by the DeKalb County health department on Wednesday, but did not specify whether the person who tested positive was a student or employee.

Monkeypox is an illness that can cause flu-like symptoms and skin rashes. Human-to-human transmission of the virus occurs through direct contact with lesions or infected bodily fluids, or through exposure to respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact. A person is considered contagious until the rash has completely healed with the formation of a new layer of skin.

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The provincial health department advised the district to:

  • Monitor staff and students for new, unexplained vesicular or pustular lesions.
  • Contact your local health department immediately to discuss suspected or confirmed cases of MPV.
  • Encourage employees and students to stay at home in case of illness.
  • Practice hand washing.
  • Limit the sharing of personal items.
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting: Clean surfaces at least once a day to reduce the risk of spreading germs from touching surfaces.
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The district recommended that all individuals experiencing symptoms undergo testing, which is available through local health care providers.

For more information about monkeypox, visit cdc.org.

Currently, the Illinois Department of Public Health reports 1,263 cases of monkeypox in the state. More than 1,000 of them are located in Chicago.

A total of three cases have been reported in DeKalb County.

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