PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT

Monkeypox

Press Release 7/20/22: McLennan County has confirmed its first case of Monkeypox.

WHAT IS MONKEYPOX?

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.

MONKEYPOX SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • A rash that looks like pimple or blisters on your face, hands, or feet

HOW LONG DO SYMPTOMS LAST?

The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.

HOW DOES IT SPREAD?

  • Direct contact with the rash, scabs, or body fluids
  • Transfer of saliva or mucus during face-to-face contact or during intimate physical contact
  • Touching items that previously touched the rash or body fluids
  • Pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta

HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF FROM GETTING MONKEYPOX?

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox
  • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox
  • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox
  • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox
  • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

IF YOU ARE SICK WITH MONKEYPOX:

  • Contact your health provider to determine testing
  • 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

For more information, visit:

CDC

Texas Department of State Health Services

World Health Organization