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First Case Of Monkeypox Detected At The Cook County Jail

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A Monkeypox Case Has Been Identified At Cook County Jail In Chicago

A Monkeypox Case Has Been Identified At Cook County Jail In Chicago

A case of monkeypox has been detected at the Cook County Jail, officials said Tuesday.

The most recent report was found in an individual who had recent been detained at the facility, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s office, which believes the person contracted the virus prior to coming to the jail.

The sheriff’s office said the individual has been in medical isolation since July 19, when symptoms first appeared.

Previously, they were held in a separate intake housing unit for all newly-admitted individuals, a policy the jail put in place Cook County health officials said they anticipate additional cases at the jail following the initial case.

“It is important to remember that the population in the jail is a microcosm of the community. As such, it is reasonable to expect cases to appear within the jail,” the health department said in a release.

Illinois has reported more than 340 cases in the state so far and on Monday, DuPage County health officials reported an additional four cases.

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