Monkeypox, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a rare disease caused by infection with monkeypox virus that can affect anyone. The virus can cause flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that often begins on the face and spreads to other parts of the body.
Monkeypox does not spread easily to people without close contact. At this time, cases of monkeypox are relatively rare in the United States. People who think they may have been exposed to monkeypox or who have symptoms of monkeypox should consult with a healthcare provider.
The New Jersey Department of Health is working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health departments to quickly identify monkeypox cases and close contacts, provide treatment and vaccine, and further prevent the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also is working with state and local health officials to monitor probable and confirmed cases within the country.
For New Jersey Monkeypox case count by county and vaccination status click here.
Early flu-like symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, and exhaustion.
Rash appears within 1 to 3 days (sometimes longer) after fever, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body.
Monkeypox can spread through contact with someone with monkeypox as well as contact with objects, clothing, bedding, towels, or surfaces used by someone with monkeypox.
Risk to the general public is low. Seek medical care immediately if you are concerned you have monkeypox.
Supplies of the monkeypox vaccine are limited in New Jersey.
If you have questions about monkeypox, contact Sussex County Division of Health, Office of Public Health Nursing.
Sussex County Office of Public Health Nursing | (973) 579-0570 | 201 Wheatsworth Road, Hamburg, NJ 07419