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What is monkeypox (an orthopoxvirus)? 

Monkeypox is a contagious disease and is caused by the same family of viruses that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox, but milder and rarely fatal.

An individual can get the virus when they come into contact with the sores, scabs, or body fluids of an infected person. Infections occur through close, intimate situations, such as cuddling, kissing and sexual contact and by touching contaminated materials, such as clothing, bedding and other linens used by an infected person. 

New York State Monkeypox Case numbers and demographics

What to do if you are exposed or have symptoms consistent with Monkeypox

New Yorkers who experience symptoms consistent with monkeypox, such as characteristic rashes or lesions, should contact their health care provider for a risk assessment. This includes anyone who traveled to countries where monkeypox cases have been reported or has had contact with someone who has a similar rash, or who received a diagnosis of suspected or confirmed monkeypox. 

If you believe you were exposed to monkeypox speak with your healthcare provider and monitor for signs and symptoms.

Symptoms of Monkeypox
  • Rash Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen lymph nodes 

A rash typically develops a few days after the early symptoms. However, not all individuals infected with monkeypox develop any symptoms prior to rash, some persons with monkeypox only have a few sores. It is critical that people who believe they were exposed to the virus and develop a rash get tested to limit the spread of the disease.

Get Tested for Monkeypox

A variety of health care facilities (emergency departments, urgent cares, clinics, hospitals, etc.) are testing patients with possible monkeypox symptoms. Health care providers throughout the county can also order tests through commercial laboratories or seek approval for free testing at the state’s public health laboratory.

Monkeypox Vaccine

The amounts of the JYNNEOs vaccine are limited and being distributed by the CDC. Currently the demand for the vaccine is outstripping the supply. If you are at higher risk for monkeypox the best thing you can do is stay informed about monkeypox and talk to your doctor if you have questions or concerns. 

Confirmed Monkeypox Cases in Schenectady County

New York State Monkeypox case numbers and demographics

Stay up-to-date on Monkeypox

New Yorkers can sign up for text messages—which will include alerts about cases, symptoms, spread, and resources for testing and vaccination—by texting "MONKEYPOX" to 81336 or "MONKEYPOXESP" for texts in Spanish. By providing a zip code, New Yorkers can also opt-in for location-based messages.

Additional Resources
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York State Department of Health

Health Care Provider Information (July 21, 2022)