Information from the Virginia Department of Health
Monkeypox is a rare contagious rash illness caused by the monkeypox virus. Most people have mild illness and recover without treatment. In the 2022 outbreak, cases are occurring in many countries or areas where this infection is not usually found, including in the U.S. and Virginia. Most, but not all, cases have been among gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men (MSM). This group, particularly MSM with multiple sex partners, is currently at greatest risk.
In this outbreak, most people have become infected with monkeypox when they come into close contact with an infected person. Spread can occur from touching skin lesions, bodily fluids, or clothing or linens that have been in contact with an infected person. Spread can also occur during prolonged, face-to-face contact.
If you have symptoms, you should separate yourself from other people and pets, cover your lesions, and contact your healthcare provider.
- It is important to call ahead before going to a healthcare facility and let them know that you are concerned about monkeypox.
- You should avoid close physical contact with others until you have talked with your provider
Vaccines are available for the prevention of monkeypox. Visit the VDH website to see if you’re eligible to get the vaccine.
Where can I get more information about monkeypox? VDH Monkeypox website: vdh.virginia.gov/monkeypox/