What is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a disease caused by the monkeypox virus and spread through contact with the virus from an infected animal, infected person, or virus-contaminated objects & materials. It can be spread through direct contact with sores, scabs, or bodily fluids as well as by respiratory during prolonged face-to-face or intimate contact with an infected person.
Monkey pox typically begins with a fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes, and exhaustion followed by a rash. The illness usually lasts 2-4 weeks and infected persons are considered contagious while symptoms are present
People with monkeypox get a rash that may be located on or near the genitals (penis, testicles, labia, and vagina) or anus (butthole) and could be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth.
- 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.
Other symptoms of monkeypox can include:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Muscle aches and backache
- Respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)
You may experience all or only a few symptoms
- Sometimes, people have flu-like symptoms before the rash.
- Some people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms.
- Others only experience a rash.
What should I do if I have monkeypox symptoms?
- See a healthcare provider if you notice a new or unexplained rash or other monkeypox symptoms.
- Avoid close contact (including intimate physical contact) with others until a healthcare provider examines you.
- Avoid close contact with pets or other animals until a healthcare provider examines you.
- If you’re waiting for test results, follow the same precautions.
- Follow the guidance of your healthcare provider for testing and treatment options.
What should I do if I test positive for monkeypox?
If your monkeypox test result is positive, or if you are waiting for your test results, stay isolated and take precautions. People can spread monkeypox from the time symptoms start until all symptoms have resolved, including complete healing of the rash with formation of a fresh layer of skin. Ideally, people with monkeypox should remain in isolation for the duration of illness, which typically lasts two to four weeks.
Vaccines are available by appointment at the Christian County Health Department to eligible individuals.
CCHD is located at 1700 Canton Street in Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Call (270) 887-4160 to make an appointment.
Who can get vaccinated for monkeypox?
- Anyone who reports any of the following:
- Close contact to someone with known or suspected monkeypox virus
- Diagnosis of HIV
- Diagnosis of chlamydia, gonorrhea or early syphilis, within the prior 12 months
- Receiving medications to prevent HIV infection (PrEP)
- Exchanging sex for money or nonmonetary items
- Attending an event/venue where there was a high risk of exposure to an individual with monkeypox virus through skin-to-skin or sexual contact
- Gay, bisexual or other men who have sex with men or transgender people who are sexually active
- Laboratory workers who routinely perform monkeypox or orthodox virus testing
- Healthcare professionals who have had high-risk occupational exposure without using recommended PPE in the last 14 days
- Individuals who, on a case-by-case basis, are determined at high risk for contracting monkeypox
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