Monkeypox, Visual Examples of Monkeypox Rash

General Monkeypox Health Guidance

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Health Department by County

Contact your local health department for information on screening for a vaccination appointment.

Kalamazoo County Health Department: 269.373.5198

Berrien County Health Department: 269.926.7121

Allegan County Health Department: 269.673.5411

Calhoun County Health Department: 269.969.6370

Van Buren/Cass District Health Department: 269.668.6715

Branch, Hillsdale, St. Joe Comm Health Agency: 517.279.9561

Branch, Hillsdale: 517.437.7395

St. Joseph, Three Rivers Health Department: 269.273.2161

Barry County Health Department: 517.541.2605

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.

Monkeypox Resources

Vaccine Eligibility Includes

  • Gay, Bi, Nonbinary, and Trans people on PrEP

  • People who have had an STI within the last year

  • People living with HIV

  • Trans Women

  • Sex Workers and Unhoused population

  • People planning to attend high-risk events or engage in planned sex in the future with multiple people.

  • Partners of people with Monkeypox

  • Contacts of exposed persons

Contact your local health department for information on screening for a vaccination appointment.

Kalamazoo County Health Department: 269.373.5198

Berrien County Health Department: 269.926.7121

Allegan County Health Department: 269.673.5411

Calhoun County Health Department: 269.969.6990

Van Buren/Cass District Health Department: 269.668.6715

Branch, Hillsdale, St. Joe Comm Health Agency: 517.279.9561

Branch, Hillsdale: 517.437.7395

St. Joseph, Three Rivers Health Department: 269.273.2161

Barry County Health Department: 517.541.2605

How is monkeypox spread?

  • Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact, including:
    • Direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with monkeypox.
    • Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
    • Contact with respiratory secretions.
  • This direct contact can happen during intimate contact, including:
    • Oral, anal, and vaginal sex or touching the genitals (penis, testicles, labia, and vagina) or anus (butthole) of a person with monkeypox.
    • Hugging, massage, and kissing.
    • Prolonged face-to-face contact.
    • Touching fabrics and objects during sex that were used by a person with monkeypox and that have not been disinfected, such as bedding, towels, fetish gear, and sex toys.
  • A pregnant person can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta.

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.

A person with monkeypox can spread it to others 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.

Monkeypox symptoms

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:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Exhaustion
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Headache
  • 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.

 

How long do monkeypox symptoms last?

Monkeypox symptoms usually start within 3 weeks of exposure to the virus. If someone has flu-like symptoms, they will usually develop a rash 1-4 days later.

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. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.