“An adult in a kindergarten in the Rantoul area tested positive for monkey pox,” said department director Dr. Sameer Vohra at a press briefing. “Now children and other workers are screened.”
Officials have not said how many children may have been exposed to the virus. The employee is isolated and “doing well”. The kindergarten was also cleaned.
Vohra said the US Food and Drug Administration has released a monkey pox vaccine to children “without jumping through normal hoops in the process” so that parents of children exposed to the virus can vaccinate their children.
“Pediatricians are there when we talk to children about cases and their families are tested for cell phones and vaccines,” he said.
The day care worker also works in home health care and public health officials are in contact with the affected client.
Public health officials have asked parents to let disease researchers contact them if their child is affected.
“If your child is likely to be exposed to this epidemic, you will receive a call from the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. You don’t have to call kindergarten. You don’t need to call the public health service. we will contact us, ”said Julie Pryde, district administrator.
Monkey pox is spread mainly through prolonged skin-to-skin contact or through contact with contaminated objects.
Some cases in the United States have been reported in women and children during the ongoing epidemic, but the virus has been found primarily in gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men.