Monkeypox Health Guidance

How It Spreads
According to the CDC, Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact, including:

  • Direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with monkeypox.
  • Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
  • Contact with respiratory secretions (i.e.: kissing, sharing eating utensils, cups, toothbrushes, etc.)
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  • How Long Does It Last?

  • The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. A person with monkeypox can spread it to others from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. 
  • What Are The Symptoms?

  • The rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing. The rash can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy. Other symptoms may include:
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Exhaustion
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Headache
  • Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough).

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

  • Young cheerful female friends in masks meeting outside and greeting with elbow touch
  • Avoid close contact, including sex or being intimate with anyone, until you have been checked out by a healthcare provider.

  • black female doctor taking the temperature of her patient
  • When you see a healthcare provider, wear a mask, and remind them that this virus is circulating in the area.
  • close up of person washing hands with soap at home to prevent infection
  • Follow medical advice and guidelines to avoid further spread of the virus. 

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