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Information on Monkeypox from the Allegany County Health Department


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the country has 460 cases in 32 states

Monkeypox is a rare, viral infection that does not usually cause serious illness. However, it can result in hospitalization or death.

Everyone should stay informed and here are a few key points:

  • Anyone can get Monkeypox; however, based on the current outbreak, certain populations are being affected by Monkeypox more than others.
  • Some people may be at higher risk for severe outcomes if they contract Monkeypox, including those with weakened immune systems, elderly, young children under 8 years of age, and those who are pregnant.
  • Symptoms of Monkeypox include:
    • Rashes, bumps, or blisters that may appear on, around the genitals, or in other areas such as your hands, feet, chest, or face. These may be similar in appearance to common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and other common skin ailments like poison ivy.
    • Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, and fatigue. These symptoms may occur before or after the rash appears, or not at all.
  • Monkeypox is spread through close, physical contact between individuals. This includes:
    • Direct contact with Monkeypox sores or rashes on an individual who has Monkeypox.
    • Respiratory droplets or oral fluids from someone with Monkeypox, particularly for those who have close contact with someone or are around them for a long period.
    • It can also be spread through contact with objects or fabrics (e.g., clothing, bedding, towels) that have been used by someone with Monkeypox.
  • Protect yourself against Monkeypox:
    • If you experience symptoms consistent with Monkeypox, such as characteristic rashes or lesions, you should contact your healthcare provider.
    • Ask your sexual partners whether they have a rash or other symptoms consistent with Monkeypox.
    • Avoid skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a rash or other Monkeypox related symptoms.
    • If you are exposed or experience symptoms, make sure to reach out to a healthcare provider.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Allegany County Department of Health at (585) 268- 9250 or you may find additional resources here:

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