Monkeypox (MPX) is a viral infection first identified in 1958. Historically, cases were rarely seen in people who have not traveled to Central or West Africa, where the virus is endemic (regularly found). However, since May 2022, there has been an uptick in cases among people who have not visited Africa, including in Europe and North America, and here in California. Currently, the risk of getting MPX is low for the public, though the situation continues to evolve.
MPX is primarily spread by close physical contact (hugging, kissing, intimate/ sexual contact) with someone who has symptoms. It can also spread by sharing items (clothing, towels, bedding) used by someone who has symptoms or through lengthy face-to-face interaction with someone who has symptoms.
The virus can cause flu-like symptoms and/or a distinct rash that can be bumpy or fluid-filled on the face, body, genitals, arms, and legs. Rash and sores may also be limited to one part of the body. Examples of rash can be found here on the CDC website.
If you have symptoms, isolate yourself from others and contact a healthcare provider right away to get tested and learn about treatment options. If you've been exposed to someone diagnosed with MPX or with MPX symptoms, reach out to a healthcare provider or Plumas County Public Health Clinic at 530-283-6330 to ask about available options.
MPX vaccines are available by appointment only, call the Public Health Clinic at 530-283-6330 to schedule.