Illinois Children’s Daycare Worker Tests Positive for Monkeypox

Illinois health officials reported Friday that an adult employee at a Champaign County children’s daycare center tested positive for the monkeypox virus, the first case at such a location, bringing that state’s total number of confirmed cases to 602.

“We are taking a robust effort to address the situation,” Illinois Department of Public Health Director Sameer Vohra said during a press conference Friday. “An adult in a daycare center in the Rantoul area has tested positive for a case of monkeypox.”

Vohra said that children and the staff of the facility were being screened, but no other cases have been identified there, and that all state and federal resources are being deployed to help impacted families.

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