What you should know about MONKEYPOX (MPX)
Monkeypox (MPX) is rapidly evolving in the U.S. and in California. As of August 30, 2022, there are 3,369 probable and confirmed cases have been identified in California.
MPX is a rare disease that is caused by infection with the MPX virus. It has similar symptoms to flu-like illness and smallpox but milder, and MPX is rarely fatal. The MPX symptoms can include one or more of the following: fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion. After the appearance of a fever, the patient develops a rash around the body. MPX virus is a member of the orthopoxvirus family, and it can spread when a person is in contact with the virus from infected animals, humans, and materials contaminated with the virus. The virus is primarily transmitted through direct contact with infected sores, scabs, body fluids and face-to-face contact.
The lesions progress through 5 stages before falling off.
For more information visit the California Department of Public Health website: Monkeypox (ca.gov)
Five Stages of MPX Lesions
MPX is not related to chickenpox.
If you suspect that you have been exposed to someone with MPX or have related symptoms call the Kings County Department of Public Health 559-584-1401.