Two More Children in the US Test Positive for Monkeypox

US health officials confirmed Monday at least four children in the United States have now tested positive for monkeypox. 

The Indiana Department of Health officials said two children had tested positive for monkeypox but declined to give additional details due to patient privacy concerns. 

“Like many other states, Indiana has seen an increase in monkeypox cases over the past month,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box said. 

Over the weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health alert warning that preliminary evidence suggests that if children younger than eight-years-old got infected with monkeypox, they could develop more severe illnesses.  

On Monday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced that Illinois became the second state in the country to declare a public health emergency, designating it a “disaster area” for the virus. 

“[Monkeypox virus] is a rare but potentially serious disease that requires the full mobilization of all available public health resources to prevent the spread,” Pritzker said.  

“I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure smooth coordination between state agencies and all levels of government, thereby increasing our ability to prevent and treat the disease quickly,” Pritzker added. 

Pritzker also said they would ensure the LGBTQ+ community in Illinois have the resources to stay safe and “not stigmatized as they access critical health care.” 

Federal officials had confirmed last month that two other children in the US had tested positive for monkeypox – a toddler from California and a non-US resident infant, who tested positive while traveling through Washington, DC. 

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