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 as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox.
Monkeypox can cause a rash which may look like pimples or blisters, sometimes with a flu-like illness. While CDC works to contain the current outbreak and learn more about the virus, it is important to have information so you can make informed choices when you are in spaces or situations where monkeypox could be spread.
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CAN I GET A MONKEYPOX VACCINE?
Monkeypox vaccines (JYNNEOS) are in limited supply and initially being distributed to those at highest risk. If you would like to receive the vaccine, complete our monkeypox vaccine registration or call us at 513-887-3133.
If you registered, a public health nurse will call within 2 business days to schedule your appointment.
Walk-in appointments are NOT allowed at this time.
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WHAT SHOULD A PERSON DO IF THEY HAVE A NEW OR UNEXPLAINED RASH OR SYMPTOMS?
- Self isolate.
- Avoid sex or being intimate with anyone until you have been checked out by a healthcare provider.
- Avoid gatherings, especially if they have had close, personal, or sexual contact during the last 21 days, including people you met through dating apps. To help stop the spread, you might be asked to share this information if you have monkeypox.
- CALL your primary care doctor or urgent care BEFORE arriving in person. Let them know if you have symptoms or have a confirmed exposure. This will give staff the time to prepare for a safe visit for you, them, and other patients.
Primary Health Solutions
Multiple office locations in Hamilton, Middletown, Oxford, and Fairfield.
Offices located in Middletown and Franklin.
CareFirst Urgent Care Locations
Offices located in Butler and Hamilton Counties. Results can be expected 24-72 hours after sample collection.
HOW IS MONKEYPOX SPREAD?
Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact including:
- Direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with monkeypox. Scientists believe this is currently the most common way that monkeypox is spreading in the U.S.
- Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
- Contact with respiratory secretions.
- Oral, anal, and vaginal sex or touching the genitals (penis, testicles, labia, and vagina) or anus (butthole) of a person with monkeypox.
- Hugging, massage, and kissing.
- Prolonged face-to-face contact.
- Touching fabrics and objects during sex that were used be a person with monkeypox and that have no been disinfected, such as bedding, towels, fetish gear, and sex toys.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
People with monkeypox get a rash that may be located on or near the genitals or anus and could be on other areas like the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth.
- The rash will go through several stages, including scabs, before healing.
- The rash can initially look like pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.
- Other symptoms of monkeypox can include flu like symptoms such as:People may experience all or only a few of the symptoms of monkeypox, but most people with monkeypox will get a rash.
- fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, muscle aches and backache, headache, and/or respiratory symptoms (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)
- Some people have developed a rash before (or without) flu-like symptoms.
- Monkeypox symptoms usually start within 3 weeks of exposure to the virus.
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- Monkeypox Factsheet Poster 11x17 Updated 8.11.22
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- Monkeypox Virus Case Reported in Butler County Issued 8/10/2022