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What is Monkeypox

● Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus

● Monkeypox can make you sick including a rash or sores (pox), often with an earlier flu-like illness

● Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact including:

    ■ Direct contact with monkeypox rash, sores or scabs

    ■ Contact with objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox

    ■ Through respiratory droplets or oral fluids from a person with monkeypox


This contact can happen during intimate sexual contact including:

    ■ Oral, anal, and vaginal sex

    ■ Hugging, massage, or mutual masturbation

    ■ Kissing and talking closely

    ■ Touching fabrics and objects during sex that were used by a person with monkeypox, such as bedding, towels and sex toys


● We know the virus can be spread in fluid or pus from monkeypox sores, and are trying to better understand if virus could be present in semen or vaginal fluids

What Are the Symptoms?

● Early flu-like symptoms of monkeypox can include:

    ■ Fever ■ Headache ■ Muscle aches and backache 

■ Swollen lymph nodes ■ Chills ■ Exhaustion

If You Have a New or Unexplained Rash, Sores, or Other Symptoms...

● Testing for contacts that later develop rash should be performed at a hospital ER, due to PPE requirements. Persons seeking testing should notify the health department first to discuss their illness and notify any ER ahead of their entry to advise of potential monkeypox suspicion. A mask that securely covers nose and mouth must be worn throughout the testing encounter

● When you see a healthcare provider for possible monkeypox, remind them that this virus is circulating in the community

● Avoid sex or being intimate with anyone until you have been checked out

If You or Your Partner Have Monkeypox...

● Follow the treatment and prevention recommendations of your healthcare provider which will probably include:

isolation at home; do not use public transportation; avoid visitors including household members, and pets; if possible use a private bath and sleeping arrangement in your home; keep any lesions covered to minimize incidental exposures; long sleeves and pants are encouraged; wash your own laundry; do not shake or whip soiled laundry items because this action could spread the virus; practice good hand hygiene such as washing with soap and water for 20 seconds or 70% alcohol hand sanitizer, especially after wound contact; Disinfect common high-touch surfaces; e.g. faucet handles, toilets, light switches, door knobs with a disinfectant from EPA list and observe the directions for use. Bleach may be preferable, due to the shorter contact time requirement and availability in a disposable wipe form.

● Avoid sex or being intimate with anyone until all your sores have healed and you have a fresh layer of skin formed


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