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Measles cases are on the rise globally and here in Illinois the number is increasing as well. Vaccines are 97% effective in preventing this highly contagious disease.  To learn more about this infection and get information on vaccination, go to  Learn how to identify measles and the safe and effective vaccine that can prevent this potentially life-threatening infection for adults and children. 

Prevention Steps from Animals with Mpox

There are a number of measures that can be taken to prevent infection with mpox virus from animals:

  • Avoid contact with animals that could harbor the virus in countries with mpox, such as central and west Africa (including rodents, marsupials and non-human primates and animals that are sick or that have been found dead in areas where mpox occurs).
  • Avoid eating wild game meat (bush meat) from countries where mpox is present in animals.
  • Avoid contact with any materials, such as bedding, that has been in contact with a sick animal.
  • Isolate infected patients from others who could be at risk for infection.
  • Practice good hand hygiene after contact with infected animals or humans. For example, washing your hands with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Use standard, contact and droplet infection control precautions in the health care setting when caring for patients.
  • Contact tracing is needed with each case of mpox to identify others who may become infected.
  • Persons who have had contact with a suspect or confirmed animal or human case should be quarantined and followed up for 21 days after their last exposure.
  • Historically, smallpox vaccine can provide protections against mpox. These vaccines are not widely available. A smallpox vaccine can be used in persons who have had contact with an infected mpox case but approval for the vaccination must be obtained from public health authorities.