MonkeyPox Virus (MPV)

What is the MonkeyPox Virus?

Monkeypox Virus (MPV) is caused by a virus that is in the same family as the virus that causes smallpox, but it typically results in a milder infection.

It typically begins with a flu-like illness and swelling ofthe lymph nodes and progresses to include a widespread rash on the face and body.

Most infections last 2 - 4 weeks and resolve without specific treatment. The type of monkeypox seen in this outbreak is rarely fatal, and more than 99% of people who get this formof the disease are likely to survive.

However, some groups are likely at higher risk of severe illness, including children under age 8, people who have weakened immune systems or are pregnant, and people with historyof atopic dermatitis or eczema.

Transmission Among Humans

Sex is only one of the many ways that Monkeypox can be spread.

Homosexual men are not the only community population that are contracting and spreading MPV.

The virus is spreading primarily through direct contact with infectious lesions or respiratory secretions via close, sustained skin-to-skin contact  with someone who has monkeypox.

The contact does not have to be exclusively intimate or sexual.  Other examples of MPV transmission include:

Signs and Symptoms

People with monkeypox will get a rash that can appear on your hands, feet, chest, face, &/or genitals. The rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing.

The rash can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.

Noticeable symptoms may include:

Monkeypox can be spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has healed, all scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of skin has formed.

Ways to Minimize Your Risk

Click below to view updated information from local, state, and national resources

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Visual Examples of MonkeyPox Rashes, Bumps, and Scabs

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