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Monkeypox Update

At One Community Health, we want you to have information to keep you safe and healthy.

Today we are giving you information about Monkeypox.  If you have questions, please contact your medical provider or check the CDC website below.

https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/response/2022/index.html

What is Monkeypox?

  • Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by the monkeypox virus. This virus is like smallpox.
  • There have been a small number of cases diagnosed in Sacramento. Most of the people who get monkeypox are in West or Central Africa.
  • Monkeypox can spread from humans and animals. Clothes, blankets, and other things could spread the virus.

 

Symptoms 

Symptoms show within 7-14 days from infection but can range from 5-21 days.

The illness lasts for about 2 weeks.

 

Symptoms can begin with: 

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion

 

Within 1 to 3 days after a fever, a rash may show up.

  • Red and flat
  • Forms a bump
  • Becomes filled with water
  • Becomes filled with pus
  • Forms a crust

 

The rash often starts on the face. It then spreads to other parts of the body including arms, legs, and genital areas.

 

When to seek testing /treatment for Monkeypox:

  • If you have been with someone with who has tested positive for Monkeypox or has symptoms of Monkeypox.
  • If you have any symptoms of Monkeypox, such as rashes or lesions.
  • Have traveled in the past month to an area with confirmed cases.
  • Have had contact with an exotic live or dead animal from West or Central Africa.

 

What to do if you have Monkeypox symptoms:

  • Don’t have skin-to-skin contact with others.
  • Wear a mask when you are around others.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Do not let others touch your clothing, bedding, or personal items.
  • Contact your doctor to see if testing/treatment is needed.

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