SYCAMORE, Ill. (WLS) – There is a confirmed case of monkeypox at Sycamore High School in DeKalb County.
Parents were notified Wednesday afternoon.
Officials won’t say if it’s a student or a staff member due to medical privacy regulations.
University of Northern Illinois in DeKalb reported his first case of monkeypox last month.
Governor JB Pritkzer has the disease a Public Health Emergency in Illinois.
The disease can cause flu-like symptoms and a rash. Human-to-human transmission occurs through direct contact with lesions or infected body fluids, or through exposure to respiratory secretions during prolonged close face-to-face contact. A person is considered contagious until the rash has completely healed with the formation of a fresh layer of skin, the district said.
Sycamore Community School District 427 officials have provided the following guidance to the district:
– Monitor staff and students for the presence of new, unexplained vesicular or pustular lesions.
– Contact your local health department immediately to discuss any suspected or confirmed cases.
– Encourage staff and students to stay home when sick.
– Practice hand washing.
– Limit the sharing of personal items.
– Clean and disinfect: Clean surfaces at least once a day to reduce the risk of spreading germs by touching surfaces.
Anyone with monkeypox should stay away from school until the symptoms have gone, the rash has healed, all scabs have fallen off and a fresh layer of skin has formed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the district said.
A letter from the health care provider clearing the person for return is required.
Alternatively, on the advice of local health department staff, school staff or students can return once other symptoms have resolved and should wear a well-fitting mask and cover any lesions with clothing, gloves or bandages, school officials said.
You should not attend events that are crowded, involve close contact, or where a bandage cannot be worn.
DCHD and Sycamore School District officials strongly recommend that anyone experiencing symptoms undergo testing.
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