Morris Republican State Senator Sue Rezin says that Illinois needs to ensure that health agencies are properly funded to counter the outbreak of the monkeypox virus. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), there are 414 monkeypox cases in Illinois as of Friday.
Rezin also says that communication and vaccination is key.
Rezin thinks that lawmakers should also have a say in the response to the disease. Rezin thinks Governor J.B. Pritzker should have gone to lawmakers in his response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
According to IDPH, monkeypox is spread through close contact with infected skin lesions or contaminated material. It can also be spread through respiratory droplets. IDPH says the virus has primarily affected men who have sex with men, but says that anyone regardless of sexual orientation can spread the disease through contact with sores, bodily fluids, or contaminated items.
Symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, and the appearance of lesions. The illness usually lasts two to four weeks.