Monkeypox Policy

On Aug. 1, 2022, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker declared Monkeypox a public health emergency in the state of Illinois, in order to rapidly mobilize all available public health resources to prevent and treat Monkeypox and ensure smooth coordination at all levels of government.

Chicon 8 is committed to doing as much as is reasonably possible to protect the health of our community. Our COVID policy goes a long way in protecting against airborne diseases. To avoid diseases spread by physical contact, Chicon 8 recommends that members do their best to avoid physical contact with people not well known to them and to continue practicing social distancing and hand washing. 

How Monkeypox Spreads

Monkeypox mainly spreads from human to human through direct contact with infectious rashes, scabs or bodily fluids. It can also be transmitted from respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling or sex. People can become infected by touching items — such as clothing or bedsheets — previously used by someone who is infectious. Pregnant people can transmit the virus to their fetus.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monkeypox

The CDC has provided guidance for understanding more about Monkeypox and how to deal with it.