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THE GLOBAL HEALTH DESK – August 2022

MPV (Monkeypox) in Chicago – What Now?

Stockton Mayer, DO,  Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Infectious Disease,
Department of Medicine, University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine

At the beginning of the summer, Chicago experienced its first Monkeypox (MPV) case. Cases rose from less than 100 to over 600 cases by the end of the summer and declining into September. In the course of several weeks the virus spread largely, specifically among Men who have Sex with Men (MSM), targeting a community particularly tired of threats of both new and emerging pathogens.  Driven largely by community activation and mobilization, new cases declined in September, providing some reason for optimism.

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