IDPH: Second probable case of monkeypox found in Chicago

June 4, 2022 GMT

CHICAGO (AP) — A second probable case of monkeypox has been found in Chicago, the Illinois Department of Public Health said Friday.

The second case was a close contact of the first positive case that was announced Thursday, the department said in a tweet.

“The risk to the general public remains low,” the tweet said.

The first case was found in a Chicago man who recently traveled to Europe officials said. The man has not required hospitalization and is “isolating at home in good condition,” the Chicago Department of Public Health and Illinois Department of Public Health said.

As of Friday, the U.S. had identified at least 20 cases in 11 states.

Monkeypox belongs to the same virus family as smallpox, but its symptoms are milder. People usually recover within two to four weeks without needing to be hospitalized, but the disease occasionally is deadly.

Monkeypox is ordinarily found in countries in West and Central Africa with tropical rainforests but recently the disease has been discovered in more than 20 countries including Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, the United States, Israel and Australia.

More than 500 monkeypox cases have been reported, many apparently tied to sexual activity at two recent raves in Europe. No deaths have been reported.