Monkeypox Information

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Monkeypox is a viral disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. The monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses that causes smallpox. Monkeypox was discovered in 1958. Most patients with monkeypox fully recover without treatment.

Coconino County has not recorded any confirmed or probable cases of Monkeypox as of 8/2/22.

If you have been exposed to monkeypox, are experiencing symptoms consistent with the illness, or need information about vaccination and testing, please contact your healthcare provider or call:

Coconino County Health and Human Services Information Line 928-679-7300.

Symptoms of Monkeypox

Symptoms of monkeypox can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.

The rash goes through different stages before healing completely. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks. Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.

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How Monkeypox Spreads

Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact including:

  • Direct contact with monkeypox rash, sores, fluid, or scabs
  • Contact with objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox
  • Through respiratory droplets or oral fluids from a person with monkeypox
  • This contact can happen during intimate sexual contact including:
    • Oral, anal, and vaginal sex or touching the genitals or anus of a person with monkeypox
    • Hugging, massage, or kissing and talking closely
    • Touching fabrics and objects during sex that were used by a person with monkeypox

Prevention

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
  • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
  • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
  • 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.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

If you are sick with monkeypox:

  • Isolate at home
  • If you have an active rash or other symptoms, stay in a separate room or area away from people or pets you live with, when possible.
  • Contact your healthcare provider for medical advice or call the CCHHS Information Line .

Visit the CDC website for recommendations on disinfecting homes and other non-healthcare settings.

Vaccination

The monkeypox vaccine is available in very limited supply in Coconino County. The CCHHS Clinic, in accordance with the Arizona Department of Health Services criteria for post exposure vaccination, is prioritizing the limited vaccine quantities for people who have known or suspected exposure and are within the post-exposure timeframe where that protection can still be effective.

As vaccine supply increases, vaccinations will be available for those at highest risk of being exposed. No timeframe has been identified for expanding vaccine eligibility.

CDC recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who are at higher risk of being exposed to monkeypox, including:

  • People whose jobs may expose them to orthopoxviruses
  • People who have been identified by public health officials as a contact of someone with monkeypox
  • People who may have been exposed to monkeypox, such as:
    • People who are aware that one of their sexual partners in the past 2 weeks has been diagnosed with monkeypox
    • People who had multiple sexual partners in the past 2 weeks in an area with known monkeypox

Check back on this website regularly for updates on the availability of vaccine.

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