Monkeypox Information and Resources
Monkeypox is a viral infection that can spread through skin-to-skin contact, body fluids, monkeypox sores or shared items (such as clothing and bedding) that have been contaminated with fluids or sores of a person with monkeypox. The virus can also be spread through respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex. Although monkeypox is not generally considered a sexually transmitted infection, but it can be transmitted during intimate contact and sex by skin-to-skin and other intimate contact, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
People with monkeypox sometimes develop a flu-like illness with fever, fatigue, and enlarged lymph nodes followed by a rash. In other instances, people just develop a rash with or without swollen lymph nodes, which can occur on the genitals and/or around the anus. People usually develop monkeypox 7 to 14 days (and up to 21 days) after being exposed.
The Health Department encourages the following individuals to call and seek guidance from their medical provider:
- Recently traveled to an area where monkeypox cases have been reported and you have symptoms of monkeypox especially if you have a rash or lesions. You can find a list of the countries where monkeypox has been reported on the CDC website
- People who have symptoms of monkeypox, particularly the characteristic rash or lesions
- Contact with a confirmed or suspected monkeypox case
Reduce your risk of getting or spreading monkeypox by:
- Avoiding close, skin-to-skin contact including kissing with people who have a rash, sores or confirmed monkeypox.
- Do not handle, touch or shake bedding, towels or clothing of a person with rash, sores or confirmed monkeypox.
- Do not share eating utensils or cups of a person with monkeypox.
- Washing your hands often.
- Covering your coughs and sneezes.
- Cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces and objects.
CDC information: https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/index.html
Iowa Department of Public Health information: https://idph.iowa.gov/ehi/monkeypox
National case count:https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/response/2022/us-map.html
Iowa case count: https://idph.iowa.gov/ehi/monkeypox