The number of monkeypox cases in Illinois has surpassed 300 as the big summer festivities approach.

The number of monkeypox cases in Illinois has jumped by more than 100 in just three days, and local health officials are stepping up efforts to raise awareness ahead of big outdoor festivals like Lola Palooza and Market Day.

Confirmed cases in Illinois rose to 344 on Monday, up from 238 cases reported on Friday. Data From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Illinois accounts for about 10 percent of the 3,487 known cases in the U.S., and the state ranks third behind New York and California. The first possible case of monkeypox in Chicago was reported on June 2.

During a webinar Tuesday afternoon, local public health officials answered questions about what they know about the virus and outlined steps people can take to stay safe during mass events.

“We will be offering some vaccination opportunities during this time at clinical sites or adjacent facilities,” said Massimo Pacelli, deputy commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health.

Pacilli said the virus can infect anyone, but it’s spreading primarily through tight social networks. Most — but not all — of Chicago’s confirmed cases of the virus are gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men.

Gov. JB Pritzker Previous Week urged the federal government to send more monkeypox vaccine, which has so far been limited. Some health clinics have reported more people. Aligning For the vaccine they can provide.

With a limited number of vaccines available, city officials are prioritizing people in high-risk groups. As more doses become available, other groups will become eligible for the vaccine.

Local public health officials said they are working with “a bunch of different partners,” including those involved in the city’s response to COVID-19, such as the COVID Community Response Corp.

This work will include posting several people at the entrances to key upcoming events to answer questions and direct attendees to resources.

Local health officials are particularly concerned about Market Days, an LGBTQ festival that draws large crowds to the city’s Lake View neighborhood.

“We are working to find people who are best equipped to provide this function on market days, to come and be present at both entrances to answer questions, interact with people be able to, gather feedback and questions from people, get people to resources, available at market days, as well as maybe watering because apart from making sure people are aware of what’s going on with MPV Yes, we also want people to be healthy and that means staying hydrated,” said Patrick Stonehouse, director of public health operations at the Chicago Department of Public Health.

Health officials said the level of risk can be seen as a continuum.

For example, outdoor events are less dangerous than crowded indoor spaces because of the crowds and opportunities for skin-to-skin contact. Officials also advised to wear more clothes.

“We have a disease where the most readily available intervention is a layer of clothing,” Pacilli said. “I know not all settings are conducive to it, you know, but it’s certainly readily available.”

Another thing people can do to reduce their risk is to avoid sharing things like water bottles and cigarettes. And anyone showing up. Symptoms of Monkey Pox Isolate yourself and contact your healthcare provider.

Earlier Tuesday, officials announced the first case of the virus at the Cook County Jail. Officials said they had taken “swift action” to reduce the potential spread and contact tracing was underway. They believe the risk to the general population as well as staff at the prison is low based on how the disease spreads.

Some health experts fear that failure to contain the virus could result in it mutating and becoming a major threat.

A 2008 study warned that if monkeypox was introduced to an unvaccinated population, the virus could take advantage of the situation and Become an epidemicNPR reported.

America has. Most cases of monkey According to, out of nowhere in the world The Wall Street Journal.

Bianca Cseke is a digital producer at WBEZ. Follow him @biancacseke1.

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