What is Monkeypox?

The monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as the variola virus, which causes smallpox.  Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal.

How does Monkeypox spread?

Monkeypox can spread to anyone through person-to-person, close, skin-to-skin contact, bodily fluids, and contact with objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that someone has monkeypox has used.

What do you need to look for?

A rash can look like pimples or blisters on the face, inside the mouth, and on other body parts, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus. Keep in mind that Monkeypox looks very similar to Syphilis, Herpes, or Chickenpox, so talk to your healthcare provider if you have unknown pumps or rashes. 


If you show symptoms see a healthcare provider, avoid close contact with others until examination by a healthcare provider. If you have rashes on the body should be covered with clothing, gloves or bandages. Avoid close contact with pets or other animals. If you're waiting for test results, continue with the above precautions.

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches & backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion 
  • Rash 

Vaccine and Treatment 

Jynneos is the primary vaccine being used in the U.S. during this outbreak. It's a two doses series to be given 28 days apart. You're considered vaccinated against monkeypox 14 days after receiving your second vaccine dose. The Midland Health Department only has the Jynneos vaccine available by appointment, so call to schedule your appointment today. 

Tpoxx is an antiviral used to treat the monkeypox virus in adults and pediatric patients who are immune-compromised or with weakened immune systems. Tpoxx is available through prescription for those listed above, so talk to your physician to see if you are eligible for this treatment. 

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