Prevention

Take the following steps recommended by the CDC to prevent the spread of MPX:

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like MPX.

  • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with MPX.

  • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with MPX.

  • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with MPX.

  • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with MPX.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

If you are sick with MPX:

  • Isolate at home

  • If you have an active rash or other symptoms, stay in a separate room or area away from people or pets you live with, when possible.

MPX Vaccine 

The CDC advises that people who been exposed to MPX be given the vaccine to prevent them from developing the disease. This is called post-exposure prophylaxis or PEP.  PEP is most effective at preventing MPX if the vaccine is administered within 4 days of exposure. However, if given between 4–14 days after the date of exposure, vaccination may help reduce symptoms but may not prevent the infection from developing. If you think you have been exposed to MPX, contact your nearest Health Department, and you may qualify for the vaccine. 

To learn more about the MPX vaccine visit: Vaccines (ca.gov)

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.

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