Chicago city officials, clinical experts and community leaders met Friday to provide an update on the monkeypox virus and vaccine distribution. Elizabeth Davis, MD, RUSH internal medicine specialist, joined the news conference to share information on the signs and symptoms of monkeypox and to provide guidance to those who may be infected.
While the risk remains low, more than 2,500 cases have been confirmed in the United States and almost 200 diagnosed cases have been reported in Chicago, with the first case appearing in June. Most, but not all, cases have been in men — specifically in men who are gay, bisexual or who have sex with other men.
Officials are urging those with a new or unexplained rash and/or other monkeypox symptoms to contact their health care provider. To find a RUSH provider, call (888) 352-7874 (RUSH).