Governor Pritzker Declares Public Health Emergency for Monkeypox in Illinois

August 5, 2022

On Monday, Governor Pritzker declared the monkeypox virus a public health emergency for Illinois and declared all counties in the state a disaster area. The proclamation took effect immediately on August 1 and will be in place for 30 days.

The declaration allows the Illinois Department of Public Health to:

  • Apply resources for coordinating logistics across state agencies
  • Aid in the distribution of vaccines and treatment of the disease
  • Assist state agencies in coordinating a response with the federal government

The World Health Organization declared monkeypox a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on July 23, 2022.

Last week the American Medical Association announced a CPT update for monkeypox testing and vaccination.

Learn more by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Monkeypox webpage.

If you have questions, please contact the ISMS Health Policy Research and Advocacy team by email.

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