• Introduction:

    Mpox (formerly called Monkeypox) symptoms usually start within 3 weeks of exposure to the virus. If someone has flu-like symptoms, they will usually develop a rash 1-4 days later. Know the symptoms of Mpox and when to contact a healthcare professional.

Mpox - What to Know

Mpox (formerly called Monkeypox) symptoms usually start within 3 weeks of exposure to the virus. If someone has flu-like symptoms, they will usually develop a rash 1-4 days later. Know the symptoms of Mpox and when to contact a healthcare professional.

Monkeypox

Mpox Facts

  • Mpox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus
  • Mpox can make you sick including a rash or sores (pox), often with an earlier flu-like illness
  • Mpox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact including:
    • Direct contact with Mpox rash, sores, or scabs
    • Contact with objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with mpox
    • Through respiratory droplets or oral fluids from a person with mpox
  • This contact can happen during intimate sexual contact including:
    • Oral, anal, and vaginal sex or touching the genitals or anus of a person with mpox
    • Hugging, massage, or kissing and talking closely
    • Touching fabrics and objects during sex that were used by a person with mpox, such as bedding, towels and sex toys
  • We know the virus can be spread in fluid or pus from mpox sores, and are trying to better understand if the virus could be present in semen, vaginal fluids or other body fluids
  • Mpox spreads through direct skin-to-skin contact with the infection rash, scabs, or body fluids. It can also be spread through respiratory droplets during prolonged, face-to-face contact or during intimate physical contact. Any person, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, can acquire and spread mpox. Currently, the vast majority of the known mpox cases are among men who have sex with men.

Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • A rash or sores, sometimes located on or near the genitals or anus, but sometimes in other areas like the hands, feet, chest, or face – sores will go through several stages before healing
  • Sores may be inside the body, including the mouth, vagina, or anus
  • Some people experience a rash or sores first, followed by other symptoms and some only experience a rash or sores
  • Mpox can be spread to others until all sores have healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed – this can take several weeks. 

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