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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
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.
The following are common symptoms:
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.
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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
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.