Monkeypox is a rash illness, caused by the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox can be spread to anyone through close contact, including:
- Direct skin-to-skin contact with the monkeypox rash, sores, or scabs
- Contact with objects that have been used by someone with monkeypox (clothes, linens, surfaces)
- Exposure to respiratory droplets or oral fluids during prolonged face-to-face contact with someone with monkeypox Monkeypox can also be spread during intimate oral, anal, or vaginal sexual contact with a person with monkeypox.
What should you do?
- If you have a new or unexplained rash, see your healthcare provider and avoid having close or intimate contact with anyone until you have been checked out. If you do not have a provider, call your local health department at 910-572-1393.
- If you have come into contact with someone who has a new or unexplained rash, notify your health care provider or your local health department.
To learn more about Monkeypox, visit https://epi.dph.ncdhhs.gov/cd/docs/Monkeypox_QuickFacts.pdf.