Find information and resources about monkeypox.
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Global public health authorities are tracking multiple cases of monkeypox that have been reported, including the United States.
|Direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluid||A rash that can look like pimples or blisters|
|Respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact||Muscle aches and backache|
|Touching items (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the infectious rash or body fluids||Swollen lymph nodes|
|Spread to the fetus through the placenta during pregnancy||Headache|
|Scratch/bite or preparing/eating meat from an infected animal||Exhaustion|
The rash goes through different stages before healing completely. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.
Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. People who do not have symptoms cannot spread the virus to others.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or have been exposed to the virus:
- Call your Primary Care provider.
- If you live with someone who has these symptoms or you have been exposed, avoid contact with other people.
- If you have any questions or concerns, please call Brockton Board of Health at 508-580-7175.
CDC is urging healthcare providers in the U.S. to be alert for patients who have rash illnesses consistent with monkeypox, regardless of whether they have travel or specific risk factors for monkeypox and regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
If clinicians identify patients with a rash that could be consistent with monkeypox, especially those with a recent travel history, monkeypox should be considered as a possible diagnosis.
What healthcare providers need to know about patients who should be vaccinated as well as tested for monkeypox infection & stepwise specimen collection instructions for orthopoxvirus testing: