Reference information and resources regarding the virus
UPDATED: August 1, 2022
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. This virus is part of the same family of viruses that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are like smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.
Prior to the 2022 outbreak, monkeypox had been reported in people in several central and western African countries. Previously, almost all monkeypox cases in people outside of Africa were linked to international travel to countries where the disease commonly occurs or through imported animals.
Symptoms of monkeypox can include:
The rash goes through various stages before healing completely. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.
Take the following steps to prevent getting monkeypox:
If you are sick with monkeypox:
No treatments currently exist specifically for monkeypox virus infections. However, monkeypox and smallpox viruses are genetically similar, which means that antiviral drugs and vaccines developed to protect against smallpox may be used to prevent and treat monkeypox virus infections.
Antivirals, such as tecovirimat (TPOXX), may be recommended for people who are more likely to get severely ill, like patients with weakened immune systems.
If you have symptoms of monkeypox, you should talk to your health care provider, even if you don’t think you had contact with someone who has monkeypox.
If you suspect you have monkeypox, or if you have a recent onset of a fever and/or rash, we recommend you schedule a telemedicine visit – either video and/or phone – with your provider.
To schedule a virtual appointment, please call 503-223-3113.