Mpox is a viral illness that primarily spreads through skin-to-skin contact. It is endemic in some countries but not the United States, though several countries, including the United States, have seen cases in 2022.
For case data visit CDC 2022 US Map and Case Count.
If you have been exposed to mpox, 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 mpox can include:
- Muscle aches and backache
- Swollen lymph nodes
- 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.
There are currently no restrictions on Mpox vaccinations. It you feel you are at risk and want to be protected, call (928) 679-7222 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Mpox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact including:
- Direct contact with mpox rash, sores, fluid, or scabs
- Contact with objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with mpox
- Through respiratory secretions or oral fluids from a person with mpox
- This contact can happen during intimate sexual contact including:
- Oral, anal, and vaginal sex or touching the genitals or anus of a person with mpox
- Hugging, massage, or kissing and talking closely
- Touching fabrics and objects during sex that were used by a person with mpox
- Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like mpox.
- Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with mpox.
- Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with mpox.
- Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with mpox.
- Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with mpox.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Get vaccinated against mpox.
- 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 and how to launder contaminated clothing.
Arizona clinicians prescribing tecovirimat (TPOXX) for eligible patients should contact the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center (APDIC) via the ADHS Mpox Tecovirimat Healthcare Provider Line at 1-888-352-0540.
- CDC Mpox Frequently Asked Questions
- CDC Mpox and Safer Sex
- CDC Reducing Mpox Transmission in Congregate Living Settings
- CDC Mpox Guidance for Schools and Other Settings Serving Children and Adolescents
- CDC Mpox Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education
- CDC Safer Sex, Social Gatherings, and Mpox
- CDC What You Need to Know about Mpox if You are a Teen of Young Adult
- CDC Mpox Website
- ADHS Mpox Website
- CDC Disinfecting Home and Other Non-Healthcare Settings