Monkeypox is a rare, viral infection caused by the monkeypox virus. Cases of monkeypox are occurring in areas that do not usually report these infections, including New York State and Vermont.

Monkeypox spreads through close, physical contact between people. This means anyone can get monkeypox. While monkeypox often does not cause serious illness, it can cause severe disease in some individuals, and can even lead to hospitalization or be life-threatening. This includes individuals with weakened immune systems, the elderly, young children under 8 years of age, and pregnant people.

At MVP, your health and well-being are always our priority. Below you can find helpful information about the symptoms of monkeypox, how the virus spreads, and prevention tips to lower your risk of exposure.

For up-to-date information on monkeypox, including vaccine and treatment recommendations, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the New York State Department of Health, or the Vermont Department of Health websites.

  • Signs and Symptoms

    • Rashes, bumps, or blisters on or around the genitals or in other areas like your hands, feet, chest, or face
    • Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, and fatigue
    • You may experience all or only a few symptoms; most people with monkeypox will get a rash
    • Monkeypox symptoms can start within five days after exposure to the virus, but may take as long as three weeks to appear
    • If someone with the virus has flu-like symptoms, they will usually develop a rash one to four days later

    If you have symptoms of monkeypox or think you may have been exposed to monkeypox, talk to your health care provider immediately. 

    If you do test positive for monkeypox, talk to your health care provider about treatment options and whether they are right for you.

  • How does it spread?

    Monkeypox is spread through close, physical contact between individuals. This includes:

    • Direct contact with monkeypox sores or rashes on an individual who has monkeypox
    • Respiratory or saliva droplets from someone with monkeypox, especially for those who have close contact with someone or are around them for a long period of time
    • Contact with objects or fabrics such as clothing, bedding, towels, etc. that have been used by someone with monkeypox

    Monkeypox can be spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has healed, all scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.

  • Prevention Tips

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, especially before eating or touching your face and after you use the bathroom.
    • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash or other monkeypox-related symptoms
    • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox
    • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox
    • Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used
    • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox
    • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox

Additional Resources

Individuals at high risk of a recent exposure to monkeypox in areas with high levels of transmission, or with a recent known exposure to monkeypox, may be eligible for a vaccine to help prevent or reduce the severity of monkeypox symptoms. Talk to your health care provider about whether this is right for you.

Vaccine Information for New York State Residents

Vaccine Information for Vermont Residents