CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois daycare worker developed monkeypox but it has not spread to others at the center, public health officials said Friday.
The unidentified daycare worker in the village of Rantoul was in isolation and doing well, officials said. Screening of children, other workers and their close contacts was underway, The (Champaign) News-Gazette reported.
“We hope there will be no child cases,” said Julie Pryde, director of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. “But as far as we know, the employee could have gotten it from a child.”
The Rantoul case is Illinois’ first monkeypox case linked to a daycare center, Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Lauri Sanders said. The monkeypox virus is spread by prolonged skin-to-skin contact.
The Campaign-Urbana Public Health District learned of the case Thursday. This is the third case of monkeypox to date in Champaign County.
The local agency has enough vaccines to administer to anyone connected to the daycare who wants them, Pryde said. She said the agency also has access to medicine for monkeypox, which can cause fever, body aches, chills, fatigue and pimple-like bumps on many parts of the body.
Rantoul is 110 miles (177 kilometers) south of Chicago.
The Associated Press