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    Monkeypox (Health)

      • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
      • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
      • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
      • Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used.
      • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox.
      • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after you use the bathroom.
      • Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close contact or skin-to-contact.
      • Through direct contact with monkeypox rash, sores, or scabs
      • Transmission can happen if you touch objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
      • Through saliva or droplets from the nose or mouth from a person with monkeypox.
      • Transmission can happen during sexual contact. That includes oral, anal, and vaginal sex, or touching the genitals or anus of a person with monkeypox.
      • Transmission may also happen during prolonged hugging, massaging, kissing, and talking closely.

      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.

      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.

      Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

      • Fever
      • Headache
      • Muscle aches and backache
      • Swollen lymph nodes
      • Chills
      • Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)
      • A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appear on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus. 
        • The rash goes through different stages before healing completely. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.

      Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.

      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.

      There are no treatments specifically for Monkeypox virus infections.

      Visit the Health Department’s Monkeypox dedicated webpage at:

      CDC recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who may be more likely to get monkeypox, including:

      • People who have been identified by public health officials as in contact with someone with monkeypox
      • People who know one of their sexual partners in the past 2 weeks have been diagnosed with monkeypox
      • People who had multiple sexual partners in the past 2 weeks in an area with known monkeypox cases