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Reducing your risk for monkeypox

Published: 8/19/2022

The U.S. recently declared monkeypox a public health emergency. Monkeypox, a viral disease that is seeing a rise in cases across the country, is in the same family of viruses as smallpox, but is much less severe.

To help keep you and your community safe, we’ve created a PDF you can download with tips on how to reduce your risk of contracting monkeypox. Right-click or long hold on the image below to get a copy you can download or print and share.

It’s important to note that this is not “the next COVID-19.” While more and more people are contracting the disease each week, it is not nearly as contagious or as deadly. We encourage you to please practice caution, use the tips below, and stay safe.

Have additional questions about monkeypox? We’ve answered a few more below.

What are monkeypox symptoms?

  • A rash that can look like pimples or blisters
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Cough and/or nasal congestion

How is monkeypox spread?

Monkeypox is spread via direct contact with the rash or via respiratory secretions during prolonged face-to-face or intimate physical contact.

What should I do if I have symptoms?

If you have symptoms, like a new rash, please see your healthcare provider and avoid close contact with others, including your pets. If your test is positive, you’ll need to stay in isolation until the rash fully heals, meaning all scabs have fallen off and a new layer of skin has been formed. If you must leave, you should always wear a mask and avoid contact.

What are my treatment options?

There are no monkeypox-specific treatments available, but because it’s similar to other existing viruses, there are some antiviral drugs available. Similarly, there are certain vaccines available for smallpox that may be used to prevent monkeypox infections as well. If you are interested in receiving the vaccine, please reach out to your provider to see if you are eligible.