What is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.
How does monkeypox spread?
Monkeypox spreads in different ways. The virus can spread from person-to-person through:
Symptoms of concern include:
*Fever and rash occur in nearly all people infected with monkeypox virus.
As a contact, you will be notified by public health:
Contacts of animals or people confirmed to have monkeypox should be monitored for symptoms for 21 days after their last exposure.
It’s also possible for people to get monkeypox from infected animals, either by being scratched or bitten by the animal or by preparing or eating meat or using products from an infected animal.
Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. People who do not have monkeypox symptoms cannot spread the virus to others. At this time, it is not known if monkeypox can spread through semen or vaginal fluids.
July 2022: cincinnati-oh.gov/health/monkeypox-virus