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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.


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