General Public Information - Monkeypox
Monkeypox can make you sick including a rash or sores (pox), often with an earlier flu-like illness.
Monkeypox is rare and does not spread easily between people without close contact. According to the CDC, the threat of monkeypox to the general U.S. population remains low.
Avoid contact with wild or exotic animals that could harbor the virus, including contact with fomites such as bedding. Practice good hand hygiene and use PPE when in contact with symptomatic individuals.
If a person is in contact with or develops symptoms, treatment options are available for eligible individuals (JYNNEOS vaccine (also known as Imvamune or Imvanex), Tpoxx anti-viral).
Prior to the 2022 outbreak, nearly all monkeypox cases in people outside of Africa were linked to international travel to countries where the disease commonly occurs, or through imported animals.
If you are considering international travel, see CDC’s Travel Recommendations by Destination to make an informed decision about your travels.
Contact your medical provider and/or your local public health department.