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In early 2022, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started tracking multiple cases of mpox (pronounced "em-pox"; formally called "monkeypox") that have been reported in several countries that don't normally report mpox, including the United States. Many 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 mpox 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 mpox on their own, although it can cause severe illness and death. There is no approved treatment for mpox, but antiviral medications are being given in severe cases.
is available for high-risk individuals who do not currently have mpox; read more about the vaccine below.
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.
See more images of mpox rash on the
Avoid going to the emergency department for testing. Your primary care provider can test you for mpox. You may also get tested for a fee at the following clinics in our area:
If you have questions, please contact our hotline at 980-314-9400, option 4, Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm.
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Mpox (formally called "monkeypox" because it was first discovered in monkeys in 1958), is a rare disease caused by an orthopox virus usually found in West and Central Africa. In the United Sates, it is most often found in small mammals like rats, mice, squirrels, rabbits, and prairie dogs. The first outbreak of mpox 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 mpox occurred after a person was exposed to an infected wild animal or animal product. Recent cases, however, have resulted from person-to-person contact.