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Please see the CDC website for weekly case number updates https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/response/2022/index.html
Mpox is a virus that can cause a rash, bumps, or sores on or near the genitals, or anal area, but also on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth. These sores can be very painful.
The mpox virus can also cause flu-like symptoms like fever, headache, muscle aches and backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion, sore throat, nasal congestion, and cough.
The risk of contracting mpox is based on exposure – an individual must be exposed to enough virus to become infected. What is currently known about mpox transmission indicates that sharing bedding or towels with someone who is infected with mpox would carry more risk than passing encounters with money or a door handle or other environmental surfaces.
Most settings where people congregate such as workplaces, schools, grocery stores, gas stations, or public transportation are not considered high-risk settings for mpox transmission.
People with mpox get a rash that may be located on or near the genitals or anal area and could be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth.
Other symptoms of mpox can include:
If you have a rash or other mpox symptoms, you should stay home and call your medical provider. Call before visiting your provider and let them know you have signs and symptoms of mpox. If you do not have a medical provider, you may
contact your local health department
for additional guidance. Testing for mpox can only be done if a person has a rash, bumps, or sores.
If you have tested positive for mpox, you should stay at home in an area separate from other people and pets, if possible. Ideally, people with mpox should stay home until the rash has fully healed, the scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of skin has formed. This can take up to 2 - 4 weeks in most cases. If the sores are very painful or making it difficult for you to eat, drink, or go to the bathroom, contact your medical provider for pain management. You can read the full isolation guidance here: