MonkeyPox Information

Important information

  • An outbreak of monkeypox is spreading across several countries that do not normally report monkeypox, including the United States.
  • The monkeypox virus is mostly spreading through close physical contact with someone who has monkeypox. At this time, the risk to the general population is low.
  • The following groups should be extra watchful and reach out to their health care provider if they develop symptoms of monkeypox:
    • People who have had contact with a person with confirmed or suspected monkeypox, or
    • Men who regularly have close or physical contact with other men, including men who meet partners through online websites, digital applications (“apps”), or at bars or parties.
    • People who have traveled to central or west African countries, parts of Europe where monkeypox cases have been reported, or other areas with confirmed cases of monkeypox during the month before their symptoms began.
  • Vaccination is recommended for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who are at higher risk of being exposed to monkeypox. If you think you may have been exposed or believe you are high risk and would like to get the vaccine, contact:
    • Rockland County Department of Health has scheduled all of our doses of Jynneos and we are not currently able to schedule any more first or second doses at this time. The Jacobs Family Pride Wellness Center of Montefiore Nyack Hospital may be able to assist you and they can be reached at: 845-608-5163. In the coming months, please look out on our website for more information and Jynneos updates.

  • If you have any symptoms of monkeypox, talk to your healthcare provider, even if you do not think you had contact with someone who has monkeypox.

MonkeyPoxWhat is monkeypox?
Monkeypox is a disease caused by the monkeypox virus. It can spread from animals to humans, and between people.


What are the symptoms of monkeypox?
Symptoms of monkeypox usually include a rash, fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, very bad headache, muscle aches, back pain, and low energy. The rash usually begins within one to three days of the start of a fever. Lesions (rash) can be flat or slightly raised, filled with clear or yellowish fluid, and can then crust, dry up, and fall off. Monkeypox rashes can look like some sexually transmitted diseases, including herpes and syphilis.


How does monkeypox spread from person to person?
People with monkeypox can spread the disease while they have symptoms. Symptoms last between two and four weeks. You can get monkeypox through close physical contact with someone who has symptoms. The rash, bodily fluids (such as pus or blood), and scabs are very infectious. Clothing, bedding, towels, and other shared objects like eating utensils/dishes that have the virus on it can also make others sick. People who are very physically close to someone who has monkeypox, such as health care workers, household members, and intimate partners are at greater risk for infection.


Is monkeypox a sexually transmitted infection?
Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease, anyone who has close physical contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk. However, during this current outbreak, all monkeypox cases in Rockland County have been spread through sex. If you or a recent partner (from the last 21 days) have been exposed or have symptoms, you should see a healthcare provider (remind them monkeypox is circulating). Also, cover your rash/sores, wear a mask, and avoid close contact with others.


Who should get the vaccine for monkeypox?
The two-dose JYNNEOS vaccine is recommended for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who are at higher risk of being exposed to monkeypox. If you think you may have been exposed or believe you are high risk may consider vaccination with The CDC guidance recommends the following people get the vaccine:

  • Had contact with someone who had a rash that looks like monkeypox or with someone who was diagnosed with confirmed or probable monkeypox
  • Had skin-to-skin contact with someone in a social network experiencing monkeypox activity; this includes men who have sex with men who meet partners through an online website, digital application ("app"), or social event such as at a bar, or part
  • Traveled outside the United States to a country with confirmed cases of monkeypox or where monkeypox activity has been ongoing.

 

If you think you may have been exposed or believe you are high risk and would like to get the vaccine, contact: