Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that is caused by a virus similar to the smallpox virus. This virus causes milder symptoms and is rarely fatal.
What are the symptoms?
- muscle aches and backache
- swollen lymph nodes
- respiratory symptoms such as sore throat, runny nose, or cough
- rash similar to pimples or blisters that may be painful or itchy
How is it spread?
- direct contact with skin wounds or body fluids of an infected person
- direct contact with surfaces that have infected body fluids on them (bedding, clothing)
- rarely through droplets from someone's nose or mouth during prolonged face-to-face contact
How can you protect yourself?
- avoid skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a rash that looks like monkeypox
- avoid contact with objects that a person with monkeypox has used
- wash your hands often
What should you do if you have a new or unexplained rash or other symptoms?
- isolate at home and contact a healthcare provider
- avoid close contact with others, including household members and pets
- wear a mask when you are around household members and when you go out of the house
For more information go to: CDC Monkeypox Topics