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Monkeypox

If you are concerned about having monkeypox symptoms or would like more information, please call (405) 426.8710.

Monkeypox may cause fever and swollen lymph nodes. Headache, muscle ad backache, chills and exhaustion can also be present. A painful rash develops and goes through several stages including fluid and pus-filled blisters that eventually get crusty, scab over and fall off.

Monkeypox can spread through any type of skin-to-skin contact with an infected person including, but not limited to, sexual contact. At this point, it is not known if monkeypox virus will spread through semen or vaginal fluids. However, the rash can look similar to symptoms of STIs such as herpes and syphilis. Mouth-to-skin contact can spread monkeypox when blisters are present. Condoms may not prevent the spread of monkeypox. 

If you think you have monkeypox, contact the OSDH Epi-on-Call, 405-426-8710, for a free confidential consultation, or your healthcare provider for advice, testing and medical care. Self-isolate away from others to protect them from infection. Cover all possible blisters (e.g., wearing closing over the rash).

Close contact to someone who has monkeypox may be eligible for post-exposure vaccination to prevent illness. For close contact consultation, call the OSDH Epi-on-Call, 405-426-8710. Monitor yourself for symptoms for 21 days from exposure. If symptoms develop, self-isolate away from others and contact the OSDH Epi-on-Call or your healthcare provider for advice and testing. 

Monkeypox is a reportable disease in Oklahoma as an unusual condition.  Monkeypox is a rare illness that causes rash, chills, and fever. It is caused by the monkeypox virus, which belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox. In the United States, the first outbreak of the virus occurred in June 2003 among dozens of people who became infected by contact with pet prairie dogs that had contact with imported African rodents.

Monkeypox virus usually occurs in central and western Africa in animals such as monkeys, squirrels, and rats. Monkeypox may spread to people when they are bitten by or touch the blood, other body fluids, or rash of an animal infected with monkeypox. Sometimes, monkeypox is spread from one person to another through very close contact or by touching body fluids of a person with monkeypox. Objects, such as bedding or clothing, contaminated with the virus may also spread monkeypox.

Symptoms of monkeypox in animals may include fever, cough, eye discharge, swollen lymph nodes (seen as swelling in the limbs), and a bumpy or blistery rash. Infected pets may also appear very tired and may not eat or drink.

Symptoms in humans develop about 12 days after infection and include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, and swollen lymph nodes. A rash that turns into fluid-filled bumps develops about three days after the fever. The bumps later form a crust and fall off. The illness can last up to a month.

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