Updated August 15, 2022
Monkeypox (MPV) is a rare, but potentially serious viral illness that can be transmitted from person to person through direct contact with bodily fluids or monkeypox lesions/rash.
While the current level of monkeypox activity in the United States is higher than what we normally see, the risk to the general population is low. People with monkeypox in the current outbreak generally report having close, sustained physical contact with other people who have monkeypox. It's important to be aware of the signs of monkeypox and contact a health care provider ASAP if you are exposed or have symptoms.
Anyone can catch monkeypox if they have close contact with someone who has monkeypox, however, many of those affected in the current outbreaks are gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men.
If you think you may have been exposed, or if you have symptoms of monkeypox, avoid others (including pets) and contact your health care provider right away for evaluation and testing. If you don't have insurance, call the Health Department at 517-546-9850.