MPV Guidance

MPV (Monkeypox) Guidance

Guidance For Schools and Parents Of Schoolchildren

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While cases of monkeypox among children aged 17 and under have been extremely rare – about 1/10th of one percent nationwide and zero cases in Chicago – CDPH advises parents and school administrators who are concerned about MPV transmission to take the precautions recommended by the CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health.

The measures include:

  • Monitoring staff and students for the presence of new, unexplained lesions (other than acne), or any characteristic lesions on palms and encourage them or their guardians to seek medical evaluation.
  • For any staff or students who have a chronic condition that causes rash/skin lesions (e.g., acne), it may be helpful to have a health care provider’s note in their health record to document this condition.
  • Encouraging staff and students to stay home if ill and maintain supportive sick leave protocols to encourage this.
  • Ensuring access to handwashing and encourage students to use soap and water or hand sanitizer to wash their hands, especially before eating and after using the restroom.
  • Limiting sharing of personal items, and not sharing eating utensils or cups.

Additional information and resources from the CDC:

This guidance is subject to change as more is learned about MPV transmission.

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