WHAT IS MONKEYPOX?
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.
Monkeypox can cause a rash which may look like pimples or blisters, sometimes with a flu-like illness. While CDC works to contain the current outbreak and learn more about the virus, it is important to have information so you can make informed choices when you are in spaces or situations where monkeypox could be spread.
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CAN I GET A MONKEYPOX VACCINE?
There is a vaccine available. However, in Ohio at this time it is only recommended that high-risk individuals get the vaccine due to the limited number of vaccines given to the state from the CDC National Stockpile.
People who are high-risk are those who have had skin-to-skin contact or contact with contaminated material of a confirmed case of monkeypox. If you think you fall into that category, talk with your primary care provider who will work with the local health department to determine your risk level, eligibility, and administration of the vaccine.
WHAT SHOULD A PERSON DO IF THEY HAVE A NEW OR UNEXPLAINED RASH OR SYMPTOMS?
- Self isolate.
- Avoid sex or being intimate with anyone until you have been checked out by a healthcare provider.
- Avoid gatherings, especially if they have had close, personal, or sexual contact during the last 21 days, including people you met through dating apps. To help stop the spread, you might be asked to share this information if you have monkeypox.
- CALL your primary care doctor or urgent care BEFORE arriving in person. Let them know you have symptoms or have a confirmed exposure. This will give staff the time to prepare for a safe visit for you, them, and other patients.
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HOW IS MONKEYPOX SPREAD?
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. Scientists believe this is currently the most common way that monkeypox is spreading in the U.S.
- Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
- Contact with respiratory secretions.
- Oral, anal, and vaginal sex or touching the genitals (penis, testicles, labia, and vagina) or anus (butthole) of a person with monkeypox.
- Hugging, massage, and kissing.
- Prolonged face-to-face contact.
- Touching fabrics and objects during sex that were used be a person with monkeypox and that have no been disinfected, such as bedding, towels, fetish gear, and sex toys.
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