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Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. The monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as the variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal.
Symptoms of monkeypox can include:
Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.
People can get monkeypox if they have close, skin-to-skin contact with someone who has monkeypox. Early indications are that events with activities in which people engage in close, sustained skin-to-skin contact have resulted in cases of monkeypox. If you plan to attend an event, consider how much close, personal, skin-to-skin contact is likely to occur there.
There are no treatments specifically for monkeypox virus infections.
CDC recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who may be more likely to get monkeypox, including:
Visit the Health Department’s Monkeypox dedicated webpage at: Health.mypgc.us/monkeypox
No, CDC does not recommend widespread vaccination against monkeypox at this time. During this outbreak, sexually active people are not considered to be at risk for monkeypox unless their sexual partners have monkeypox or they have had multiple sexual partners within the past 14 days.