Long line forms in Northalsted district for monkeypox vaccine

CHICAGO (CBS) – A long line of people lined up in the Northalsted district on Tuesday night, waiting for the monkeypox vaccine.

The Chicago Department of Public Health offered monkeypox vaccinations at Steamworks Baths Chicago, 3246 N. Halsted St.

“With the limited supply right now and the numbers going up, I think it’s just going to be a little more difficult,” Dan O’Connor said. “As time goes by, more and more people are becoming aware and nervous about it – trying to get vaccinated.”

Patrick Edmundson told CBS 2’s Jermont Terry that he wanted to line up for the vaccine right away.

“My first thought was to be here earlier – but that fell through,” he said.

Across the country, there have not been enough vaccine doses to meet demand.

In Illinois, there were 200 confirmed cases of monkeypox as of Tuesday. The number is the third highest in the country – behind California with 267 and New York with 581.

A total of 2,107 cases of monkeypox had been reported in the United States as of Tuesday – ranking third in the world behind the United Kingdom with 2,137 and Spain with 3,125.

US health officials expect the number of monkeypox cases to continue to rise for at least the next few weeks.

While monkeypox infections have already been seen in the United States – in two travelers from Nigeria last year and in 47 cases linked to imported animals in 2003 – the current outbreak is by far the largest recorded in American history.

Compared to its deadlier cousin, smallpox, officials said cases of monkeypox often clear up after a few weeks without further treatment. The variant linked to the current outbreak has been spreading in Nigeria since 2017, where around 3% of people who contracted monkeypox died.

After an incubation period, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates at just over a week on average, between exposure to an infected person and the first noticeable signs of infection, patients generally must undergo painful lesions along with other symptoms – such as fever and swollen lymph nodes – until their rashes heal and heal.

However, authorities were careful not to downplay the danger monkeypox complications could pose beyond his physical pain.

For example, in the UK, authorities have reported that some hospital patients are experiencing “severe swelling” that could choke off circulation to the penis. In Spain, some patients have been hospitalized due to bacterial infections of their wounds.

The CDC says patients who are at “particularly increased risk” for severe illness from monkeypox include:

  • Young children under 8 years old
  • People who are pregnant or have a weakened immune system
  • People with a history of eczema or atopic dermatitis

The agency also says people living with HIV who have caught monkeypox during the current epidemic do not get a more serious illness, as long as they are on treatment that suppresses HIV.


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