Monkeypox

Monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus belongs to the Orthopoxvirus genus in the family Poxviridae. Monkeypox was first discovered in 1958 when two outbreaks of a pox-like disease occurred in colonies of monkeys kept for research, hence the name ‘monkeypox.’ The first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970.

U.S. Monkeypox Outbreak 2022

CDC is tracking multiple cases of monkeypox that have been reported in several countries that don’t normally report monkeypox, including the United States.

For updates, visit the CDC's U.S. Monkeypox Outbreak Situation Summary.

Lake County Updates

Information for Healthcare Providers

If you suspect a case of monkeypox, contact the Lake County Health Department's Communicable Disease program at (847) 377-8130, then select option 1. 

Helpful Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

Lake County Health Department