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Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

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Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

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704-336-4700

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​Monkeypox



For questions about Monkeypox or monkeypox vaccination, please call 980-314-9400 option 4.


2022 Monkeypox Outbreak: What You Need to Know

In early 2022, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started tracking multiple cases of monkeypox that have been reported in several countries that don't normally report monkeypox, including the United States. Some counties in North Carolina have reported cases, including Mecklenburg County. Get the most current information about the global outbreak from the CDC Website, and get information about the outbreak in North Carolina from the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Website.

Monkeypox Case Numbers, August 18, 2022
​Mecklenburg County
​North Carolina 
​93
​198


Risk to the general public is low. The monkeypox virus is spread through close, often skin-to-skin, contact with an infected person. Being aware of symptoms in others and practicing good hygiene and safer sex are the best ways to avoid infection.

Most people will recover from monkeypox on their own, although it can cause severe illness and death. There is no approved treatment for monkeypox, but antiviral medications are being given in severe cases. The JYNNEOS vaccine is available for high-risk adults who do not currently have monkeypox.

  • If you have been exposed to a person with monkeypox, contact a health care provider as soon as possible. You may be eligible for the vaccine.
  • If you think you might have monkeypox and have the symptoms listed below WITHOUT a new, unexplained skin rash, isolate for 72 hours. If a rash develops, get tested. If your test is negative, you may get vaccinated.
  • If you think you might have monkeypox and have the sympotoms listed below WITH a new, unexplained skin rash, avoid close contact with other people and contact a health care provider immediately to be tested. If your test is negative, you may get vaccinated.

Symptoms

The following are common symptoms:

  • Fever and/or chills
  • Headache and/or body aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes (tender lumps near the neck, jaw, armpits, and groin)
  • Exhaustion
  • A skin rash on any part of the body, including the genitals, with lesions (sores)
    • Rash can be as small as one or two bumps or cover the entire body
    • Lesions can look like bumps, warts, pimples, sores, or scabs

The illness typically lasts for 2 to 4 weeks, during which the skin lesions will change in shape and size before scabbing over and falling off. The person is considered contagious until all the lesions have healed and new skin is intact.


images of sores and lesions on fingers, shoulder, hands
up close images of lesions and sores

See more images of monkeypox rash on the CDC Website.


Protect Yourself

The monkeypox virus can enter the body through
  • skin-to-skin contact with the rash, scabs, or body fluids of an infected person or
  • saliva and respiratory droplets of an infected person during intimate, face-to-face contact.

Practice the following to protect yourself and others:
  • Avoid intimate contact, including sexual contact, with anyone who has symptoms.
    • Talk with your sexual partners about any recent illness and be aware of new or unexplained rash on your body or your partners’ bodies.
    • If you or your sexual partners have recently been sick, currently feel sick, or have a new or an unexplained rash, do not have sex and see a healthcare provider.
  • After physical contact with someone whose status you don’t know, wash your hands and any surface the person touched and avoid touching your face
    • Be aware of new symptoms, including a skin rash anywhere on your body, and seek a health care provider and avoid physical contact with others if symptoms appear


Vaccine is Available for High-Risk Individuals 

The JYNNEOS monkeypox vaccine is now available to high-risk individuals aged 18 and older. The FREE vaccine can prevent illness or lead to less severe symptoms if given within 2 weeks after exposure to monkeypox.
 
Currently, the vaccine is being offered at no cost to adults 18 years of age and older who self-idenitfy as high risk according to the following criteria:
  • Men who have sex with men, or transgender people, who report one or more of the following in the last 90 days:
    • Having multiple or anonymous sex partners
    • Being diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection
    • Receiving HIV PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis)

People who have monkeypox should NOT get vaccinated. People who have recovered are expected to have long-term immunity at this time and are not likely to benefit from vaccination.
 
Please note that supply is limited, so there will be times when appointments are not available. Please keep checking back or click the button below to add your name to our Monkeypox Vaccination Waitlist. As we receive additional supply from the State of North Carolina, we will add appointments, giving priority to those on the waitlist. We will notify residents of additional appointment availability as soon as more vaccine is available.
  
If you have questions, please contact our hotline at 980-314-9400 (option 1 for English or 8 for Spanish) and select option 4, Monday- Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm.
  

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Resources

CDC:Monkeypox and Safer Sex La viruela símica o del mono y las relaciones sexuales más seguras

NC DHHS:Monkeypox: Quick Facts Virus de la viruela símica: Datos breves

NC DHHS:Monkeypox: What You Need to Know Virus de la viruela símica: Lo que necesitas saber

MCPH:Monkeypox in the United States: What You Need to Know La viruela del mono en los Estados Unidos: Qué debería saber

MCPH:Monkeypox Provider Checklist


History of Monkeypox

Monkeypox, which was first discovered in 1958 in monkeys, is a rare disease caused by an orthopox virus usually found in West and Central Africa. It is most often found in small mammals like rats, mice, squirrels, rabbits, and prairie dogs. The first outbreak of monkeypox in the United States was reported in 2003 among people who got sick after coming into contact with infected pet prairie dogs. Historically, most cases of monkeypox occurred after a person was exposed to an infected wild animal or animal product. Recent cases, however, have most likely resulted from person-to-person contact.


More Information

Frequently Asked Questions from NC DHHS
NC DHHS Monkeypox site
CDC Monkeypox site
World Health Organization Monkeypox site


Address

Mailing Address:

Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

Office Location:


Mecklenburg County Public Health
249 Billingsley Road
Charlotte, NC 28211

MAP

HOW ARE WE DOING?

Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact

Please do not send confidential information
via email.


704-336-4700

Key Initiatives