What is Monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox. Monkeypoix is not a new virus, it was first discovered in the late 1950's.
- Monkeypox is spread through:
- direct contact with an infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids
- respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex
- touching objects, fabrics (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the rash or body fluids of someone with monkeypox
- being scratched or bitten by an infected animal
- Monkeypox can be acquired by all people, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation
- Monkeypox causes a rash
- Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. This can take several weeks.
Monkeypox is typically characterized by a new, unexplained rash that develops into hard, round, fluid or pus-filled skin lesions. Other early symptoms include:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Muscle aches
The monkeypox rash usually develops within one to three days after fever. However, some people may experience a rash or sores first, followed by other symptoms.
Some people may also only develop a rash.
If you have symptoms or have been exposed to monkeypox, contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible to be tested. Healthcare providers can provide testing and care for people who are diagnosed with monkeypox.
Testing Locations in Milwaukee County
In Wisconsin, JYNNEOS is currently available for the following people:
- Known contacts who are identified by public health via case investigation, contact tracing, and risk exposure assessments
- Presumed contacts who may meet the following criteria:
- People who know that a sexual partner in the past 14 days was diagnosed with monkeypox.
- People who attended an event or venue where there was known monkeypox exposure.
- Gay men, bisexual men, trans men and women, any men who have sex with men, and gender non-conforming/non-binary individuals, who have had multiple sexual partners in the last 14 days.
Where Can I Get Vaccinated?
3rd Coast Clinic
5050 South Lake Drive
Cudahy, WI 53110
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