LPPIH Analytics Portal-Monkey Pox

Monkeypox is an infectious viral disease caused by infection with the Monkeypox virus that can occur in humans and some other animals. Symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms (fever, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that forms blisters and then crusts over), but milder, and Monkeypox is rarely fatal. The Monkeypox virus is spread mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who has Monkeypox. The time from exposure to onset of symptoms ranges from five to 21 days. The duration of symptoms is typically two to four weeks.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported more than 15,000 confirmed cases of Monkeypox nationwide as of August 23, just as college and high school students are preparing to return to classes. Should you worry about your kid catching Monkeypox at school?

Monkeypox Facts and Figures

SpecialtyInfectious disease
Symptoms Fever, headache, muscle pains, shivering, blistering rash, swollen lymph nodes
ComplicationsSecondary infections, eye infection, visual loss, scarring, encephalitis, sepsis bronchopneumonia
Usual Onset5–21 days post exposure
Duration2 to 4 weeks
TypesCentral African (Congo Basin), West African
CausesMonkeypox virus
Diagnostic Method Testing for viral DNA



Have a New or Unexplained Rash?

Avoid close contact, including sex or being intimate with anyone, until you have been checked by a healthcare provider.

Monkeypox Virus

Minorities Bear Brunt of the Virus

Of the more than 4,900 cases reported in the U.S., Hispanic and Black Americans make up a disproportionate share of cases compared to their share of the U.S. population.

Risk of Infection

Your Risk of Infection

Monkeypox (MPX) is not like COVID-19 and it is much less contagious.

MonkeyPox risk

Who is most at risk of contracting Monkeypox?

The most susceptible group are men who have sex with men (MSM).

Treating Monkeypox

Treating Monkeypox

Antiviral drugs and vaccines developed to protect against smallpox may be used to prevent and treat Monkeypox virus infection.

Pregnancy and monkeypox

Symptoms During Pregnancy

Data regarding monkeypox infection in pregnancy are limited. It is unknown if pregnant women are more susceptible to Monkeypox virus or if infection is more severe in pregnancy.

MonkeyPox treatment

Treating Monkeypox

Most monkeypox cases resolve with only the use of over-the-counter medications for symptomatic care.