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What you need to know about Monkeypox

About Monkeypox

Monkeypox is a contagious disease caused by the monkeypox virus. There is currently an outbreak of monkeypox in the U.S. and other countries where the virus is not usually seen.


What to do if you think you have Monkeypox:

A person is contagious until all sores have healed and a new layer of skin has formed, which can take two to four weeks.

If you start experiencing symptoms, isolate yourself from others immediately and talk to your health care provider or call 311 or search the NYC Health Map. A provider will check your symptoms and may order testing.

Testing for Monkeypox currently requires taking a swab of a sore and can only be conducted by a health care provider. Isolate from others while you are waiting for your test result, which can take a few days.


Transmission can happen during:

Close physical contact such as hugging, kissing, cuddling and massage, oral, anal, and vaginal sex. Coming in contact with bedding or other items that have the virus on them during or after intimate activity.


Monkeypox Symptoms

Monkeypox is caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder; and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.


Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

Fever, headache, muscle aches and backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion, a rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.

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