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Monkeypox Information

To protect, promote and improve the health of our community

General Public Monkeypox Hotline: (844) 520-6670

Department of Public Health Monkeypox Information Page

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a ​disease caused by the monkeypox virus and spread through contact with the virus from an infected animal, infected person or virus-contaminated objects and materials. Direct contact with sores, scabs or body fluids of an infected person is the primary method of spread; but, it also may spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face or intimate contact with an infected person.

Monkeypox typically begins with a fever, headache, muscle aches, swollen lymph nodes and exhaustion followed by a rash. The illness usually lasts 2-4 weeks and infected persons are considered contagious while symptoms are present. Those concerned about monkeypox should contact their health care providers.

How does monkeypox spread?

Monkeypox can spread from person to person through direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs or body fluids. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact or during intimate physical contact such as kissing, cuddling or sex. In addition, pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetuses through the placenta.

Touching items such as clothing or household linens that have been in contact with the infectious rash or body fluids is one way monkeypox spreads. It's also possible to get monkeypox from infected animals by being scratched or bitten by the animal or eating meat or using products from an infected animal.

People who do not have monkeypox symptoms cannot spread the virus to others.

Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash fully heals and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.

How can monkeypox be prevented?

Take the following steps to avoid getting monkeypox:

Monkeypox Vaccines in Kentucky

Distribution of the monkeypox vaccine remains low to Kentucky due to the low number of cases of monkeypox in the state. The Kentucky Department for Public Health shares and appreciates the need and concern for expanded access. The Madison County Health Department will have a limited supply of vaccine and will make appointments for those who meet the screening criteria.

Who can get vaccinated?

If you think you may be eligible to receive a monkeypox vaccine, please call us to schedule an appointment: (859) 623-7312

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