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What is Mpox (formerly known as Monkeypox):

Mpox is a rare disease that is caused by infection with the Mpox virus. Mpox is a public health concern because the illness is like smallpox and can be spread from infected humans, animals, and materials contaminated with the virus. Mpox is less transmissible and usually less severe than smallpox.¹

First identified in 1958 The Mpox virus is not new and occurs primarily in Central and West African countries. However, but there is a recent significant increase in reported cases where Mpox is not commonly seen, including in the United States, California, and Alameda County. While it’s good to stay alert about any emerging public health outbreaks, the current risk of Mpox for the general public is low.

What are the symptoms of Mpox:

Mpox can cause fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash. The rash typically begins as flat spots that turn into bumps that fill with fluid. Some people develop spots that look like pimples or blisters before having any other symptoms. The bumps eventually crust and fall off as they heal. ²

How does Mpox Spread:

By very close and/or prolonged contact with someone with symptoms, including through:

    • Close physical/intimate skin-to-skin contact, including sex
    • Contact with contaminated materials (towels, bedding, and clothing)
    • Respiratory droplets spread by close and prolonged face-to-face interaction

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