Monkeypox Patient Fact Sheet
What is monkeypox?
Monkeypox is an emerging disease caused by the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox can cause a rash that looks like pimples or blisters that can appear anywhere on the body. Sometimes there will be a flu-like illness and/or swollen lymph nodes.
Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact. This can include direct contact with the rash or scabs, body fluids, respiratory secretions, or fabrics (bedding, clothing, or towels) and surfaces used by someone with
monkeypox. Monkeypox can spread during intimate contact such as hugging, kissing, prolonged face-to-face contact, oral, anal, and vaginal sex, or touching genitals.
After exposure to the monkeypox virus, there is an incubation period of 1-2 weeks before symptoms start or a rash begins to appear.