monkeypox virus a statewide public health emergency

At least four children in the U.S. have now tested positive for monkeypox, officials have confirmed.

California, Illinois declare health emergency over monkeypox outbreak

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) on Monday declared a state of emergency over monkeypox in order to “expand the resources” needed to combat the current outbreak.

A 2003 electron microscope image
shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virus.

There are 520 cases of confirmed or presumptive monkeypox in Illinois, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. That includes the suburbs and Chicago, which has more than 300 cases