Monkeypox is a rare, viral infection that does not usually cause serious illness. However, it can result in hospitalization or death.
Why are health officials concerned?
Monkeypox is spreading, and cases of monkeypox are presenting, in ways not typically seen in past monkeypox outbreaks. Although the current strain of monkeypox that is circulating in the U.S. is rarely fatal, symptoms can be extremely painful, and people might have permanent scarring resulting from the rash.
What should I do if I was exposed or have symptoms consistent with monkeypox?
Contact your health care provider for a risk assessment, even if you don’t think you had contact with someone who has monkeypox.
Who should be tested for Monkeypox?
People who think they have monkeypox or have had close personal contact with someone who has monkeypox should visit a healthcare provider to help them decide if they need to be tested for monkeypox.
What treatments may be available?
Antiviral medications exist to treat monkeypox, which may be appropriate for some people. Vaccines exist that can help reduce the chance and severity of infection in those who have been exposed.
New Yorkers who experience a painful rash or skin lesion should contact a healthcare provider about medication to help with pain management. Prescription medicated mouthwashes and topical gels can provide pain relief and keep rashes and lesions clean, and are widely available.
Downloadable materials from NYSDOH:
- Social Media Graphics (English and Spanish)
- Poster: Protect Yourself, Your Friends and Your Community (PDF)
- Poster: Protect Your Community and the People You Party or Play With (PDF)
- Handout (PDF)
- Palm Card (PDF)
- Information Card (PDF)