Monkeypox now has a new name: mpox.
Mpox is a rare, viral infection that does not usually cause serious illness. However, it can result in hospitalization or death.
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Who is currently eligible for the Mpox vaccine in New York State?
Statewide eligibility currently includes the following New Yorkers:
- Individuals with recent exposure to a suspected or confirmed mpox case within the past 14 days.
- Those at high risk of a recent exposure to mpox, including gay men and members of the bisexual, transgender, and gender non-conforming community and other communities of men who have sex with men and who have engaged in intimate or skin-to-skin contact with others in the past 14 days areas where mpox is spreading.
- Individuals who have had skin-to-skin contact with someone in a social network experiencing mpox activity, including men who have sex with men who meet partners through an online website, digital application ("app"), or social event, such as a bar or party.
- Any individual that may be at risk of future exposure to infection with mpox, even though they are not at high risk of a recent exposure to mpox.
Why are health officials concerned?
Mpox is spreading, and cases of mpox are presenting, in ways not typically seen in past mpox outbreaks. Although the current strain of mpox 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.
Where are cases of mpox occurring?
What should I do if I was exposed or have symptoms consistent with mpox?
Contact your health care provider for a risk assessment, even if you don’t think you had contact with someone who has mpox.
Who should be tested for mpox?
People who think they have mpox or have had close personal contact with someone who has mpox should visit a healthcare provider to help them decide if they need to be tested for mpox.
What treatments may be available?
- Antiviral medications exist to treat mpox, 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)