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Monkeypox

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a rare contagious rash illness caused by the monkeypox virus. The virus is in the same family of viruses as the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox causes milder illness than smallpox, but some symptoms can be severe. The monkeypox virus can spread from animals to people and from person to person. 

In 2022, a monkeypox outbreak began. There are cases in many countries or areas where this infection is not usually found, including in the U.S. and in Virginia. 

 

VDH Monkeypox Fact Sheet

 

 To make an appointment with SHW for Monkeypox concerns, schedule an appointment online via the Healthy Hoos portal by selecting 'Monkeypox Questions- Phone Call' or call 434-982-3915 (after hours 434-297-4261) if you have an urgent medical need.

FAQs

Am I at risk for Monkeypox?

Find the answer to this question on the Virginia Department of Health's Monkeypox website here.

Do I have symptoms of Monkeypox?

To view a list of all current Monkeypox symptoms, visit the Virginia Department of Health's Monkeypox website here.

What should I do if I have symptoms of Monkeypox?

If you have symptoms, you should separate yourself from other people and pets, cover your lesions, and schedule an appointment online via the Healthy Hoos portal for “Monkeypox Questions- Phone Call” or call 434-982-3915 (after hours 434-297-4261) if you have an urgent medical need.

What should I do if I've been exposed to Monkeypox?

If you think you have been exposed to monkeypox, self-isolate and schedule an appointment online via the Healthy Hoos portal for “Monkeypox Questions- Phone Call” or call 434-982-3915 (after hours 434-297-4261) if you have an urgent medical need.

How can I prevent Monkeypox?

Check out a list of measures you can take to help prevent the spread of Monkeypox on the Virginia Department of Health's Monkeypox website here.

I am at high risk of exposure to Monkeypox, how can I get a vaccine to prevent infection?

Click here for information about the vaccine and a link to find an appointment.

I live off Grounds, where can I find instructions on how to clean my room?

The CDC provides considerations on cleaning and disinfecting settings such as homes and cars that may be contaminated with Monkeypox virus, view the website here.