What is Monkeypox? Picture Monkeypox

Monkeypox is a rare viral illness that does not usually cause serious illness, but can result in hospitalization or death. Monkeypox typically begins with a flu-like illness and swelling of the lymph nodes and progresses to a rash on the face and body. Most infections last two to four weeks.

How is Monkeypox Transmitted?

Monkeypox can be spread from animals to humans and from humans to humans. People can be exposed to monkeypox through bites or scratches from rodents and small mammals, preparing wild game, or having contact with an infected animal or possibly animal products.

The current outbreak appears to have spread through human-to-human contact. Based on previous outbreaks, the virus typically does not spread easily between people. Transmission can occur through contact with body fluids, monkeypox sores, items that have been contaminated with fluids or sores, or through prolonged exposure to respiratory droplets. Because of this, transmission may also occur through sexual contact.

What Should I Do if I Was Exposed or Have Symptoms Consistent with Monkeypox?

Those who experience symptoms consistent with monkeypox, such as characteristic rashes or lesions, should contact their health care provider for a risk assessment. This includes anyone who traveled to countries where monkeypox cases have been reported or has had contact with a someone who has a similar rash or received a diagnosis of suspected or confirmed monkeypox.

Monkeypox Suspect Worksheet

Healthcare providers who suspect a case of monkeypox should call Wayne County Public Health at (315) 946-5749. MonkeyPox is a reportable disease in NYS.  

 NEW SMS-TEXT EFFORT TO DELIVER LATEST MONKEYPOX INFORMATION TO NEW YORKERS

 TEXT “MONKEYPOX” TO 81336 OR “MONKEYPOXESP” FOR SPANISH
Learn More at health.ny.gov/monkeypox 

 

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