Sycamore High School reports positive monkeypox case

CHICAGO (CBS) — Sycamore High School reported an individual there has tested positive for monkeypox.

District 427 said in a news release it was notified of the case by the DeKalb County Health Department on Wednesday, but did not specify if the person who tested positive was a student or staff member.

Monkeypox is a disease that can cause flu-like symptoms and a rash. Human-to-human transmission of the virus occurs by direct contact with lesions or infected body fluids, or from exposure to respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact. A person is considered infectious until there is full healing of the rash with formation of a fresh layer of skin.

The county health department advised the district to:

  • Monitor staff and students for the presence of new, unexplained vesicular or pustular lesions. 
  • Contact your local health department immediately to discuss any suspected or confirmed cases of MPV. 
  • Encourage staff and students to stay home if ill.
  • Practice hand-washing.  
  • Limit sharing of personal items.
  • Clean and disinfect: Clean surfaces at least once a day to reduce the risk of germs spreading by touching surfaces.

The district recommended all individuals experiencing symptoms undergo testing, which is available through local healthcare providers.

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Right now, the Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 1,263 monkeypox cases across the state. More than 1,000 of them are in Chicago.

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

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