Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus.
Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact including:
Direct contact with monkeypox rash, sores, or scabs
Contact with objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox
Through respiratory droplets or oral fluids from a person with monkeypox
What Are the Symptoms?
– fever, headache, backache, chills, rash
Early flu-like symptoms of monkeypox can include:
Muscle aches and backache
Swollen lymph nodes
A rash or sores, sometimes located on or near the genitals or anus, but sometimes in other areas like the hands, feet, chest, or face – sores will go through several stages before healing
Sores may be inside the body, including the mouth, vagina, or anus
Some people experience a rash or sores first, followed by other symptoms and some only experience a rash or sores.
Monkeypox can be spread from the time symptoms start until all sores have healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.
This contact can happen during intimate sexual contact including:
Oral, anal, and vaginal sex or touching the genitals or anus of a person with monkeypox
Hugging, massage, kissing, or talking closely
Touching fabrics and objects during sex that were used by a person with monkeypox, such as bedding, towels and sex toys
We know the virus can be spread in fluid or pus from monkeypox sores, and are trying to better understand if virus could be present in semen, vaginal fluids or other body fluids