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Mpox

Mpox is a viral infection first identified in 1958. Historically, cases were rarely seen in people who have not traveled to Central or West Africa, where the virus is endemic (regularly found). However, since May 2022, there has been an uptick in cases among people who have not visited Africa, including in Europe and North America, and here in California. Currently, the risk of getting mpox is low for the public. For more information, visit CDPH's Mpox homepage and Q&A.   

New Mpox Community Based Organization (CBO) Grant Request for Applications (RFA) No. 22-10929 is open. The purpose of the mpox CBO Grant is to provide eligible CBO reimbursement for vaccine administration and vaccine outreach/education activities.

How it's Spread

Mpox is primarily spread by close physical contact (hugging, kissing, intimate/ sexual contact) with someone who has symptoms. It can also spread by sharing items (clothing, towels, bedding) used by someone who has symptoms or through lengthy face-to-face interaction with someone who has symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms

The virus can cause flu-like symptoms and/or a distinct rash that can be bumpy or fluid-filled on the face, body, genitals, arms, and legs. Rash and sores may also be limited to one part of the body.  

If you have symptoms, isolate from others and contact a health care provider right away to get tested and learn about treatment options. If you've been exposed, reach out to a health care provider or your local health department to ask about vaccination.

Toolkit Contents

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Fact Sheets 

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What is Mpox?
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What Gay & Bisexual Men
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Safer Sex & Mpox
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Pregnancy & Mpox
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Let's Talk Mpox Q&A Campaign

General information (signs/symptoms, transmission and prevention )

Do you have questions about monkeypox?
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We know you have questions about #mpox, and we're here to help. Check out our Q&A webpage to find answers to the most common questions.

Visit: Mpox Q&A (ca.gov)




Anyone can get monkeypox
How does it spread?
What are the symptoms?
How can I stay protected?
What can I do if I've been exposed or have symptoms?
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Anyone can get mpox. Mpox is primarily spread by close physical contact (hugging, kissing, sex) or sharing items (bedding, clothing, towels) with someone who has symptoms and is not as contagious or transmissible as COVID-19.
While transmission rates are low among the general public, it's important to stay informed to protect yourself and others from spreading mpox. Contact a health provider or your local health department if you've been exposed or have symptoms.
Learn more about mpox by going to go.cdph.ca.gov/monkeypox


What is my exposure risk for monkeypox
High risk: close contact from hugging, kissing, and cuddling. Medium risk: attending a crowded indoor event with non-fully cloth
Minimal risk: trying on clothing at a store
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Mpox usually begins with flu-like symptoms, then progresses into a rash and sores on the body. Risk to the general public is still low, but cases are increasing in the U.S. and California. The virus primarily spreads from close skin-to-skin contact (hugging, kissing, sexual/intimate contact) and sharing items (bedding, towels, clothing) with someone who has symptoms. It's important to understand which activities increase your exposure risk to help keep you and your community safe.

If you've been exposed to mpox or have symptoms, call a health care provider or your local health department. Learn more about mpox at go.cdph.ca.gov/monkeypox


If you have a new or unexplained rash, sores, or other monkeypox symptoms
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Do you have a new or unexplained rash, sores, or other symptoms of #mpox? Contact a health care provider immediately about testing and treatment options and avoid contact with others.

Learn more about mpox at go.cdph.ca.gov/monkeypox


Going out? Lower your chances of getting monkeypox

Suggested Messaging: How can you lower the

chance of getting mpox at places like parties, clubs, and festivals? First, consider how much close, personal, skin-to-skin contact is likely to occur at the event you plan to attend.

If you feel sick or have any rashes or sores, do not attend any in-person gatherings, and see a healthcare provider right away.

Learn more about mpox and how you can protect yourself and others: https://bit.ly/MonkeypoxQA


What are the signs and symptoms of monkeypox?
Symptoms

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Mpox symptoms can include flu-like illness and a rash and sores throughout the body. The virus spreads primarily through close skin-to-skin contact (hugging, kissing, sexual/intimate contact) and sharing materials (bedding, towels, clothing) with someone who has symptoms.

If you notice symptoms, avoid in-person contact with others and talk to a health care provider about testing and treatment options. If needing to be around others, cover sores and wear a mask to avoid spreading the virus.

For more information about mpox, visit go.cdph.ca.gov/Monkeypox

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If you’ve been exposed to mpox:

Call a health care provider or your local health department as soon as you know you’ve been exposed. If you’ve had a high-risk exposure (like from someone you live with or direct contact with a rash/sore), the vaccine should be given within 4 days from exposure to help prevent disease. If given between 4–14 days after exposure, the vaccine may reduce symptoms but may not prevent disease.

Monitor for any new symptoms for 21 days after your last exposure. If you develop symptoms, reach out to a health care provider.

For more information, visit go.cdph.ca.gov/Monkeypox

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People with a weekend immune system. Children (particularly under 9 years old). People who are pregnant or breatfeeding
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The risk of getting mpox is still low. However, it's important to be aware of symptoms, especially for those at higher risk for severe illness. If you notice symptoms, like flu-like illness and a rash and sores, avoid close contact with others and reach out to a health care provider right away about testing.

For more information, visit go.cdph.ca.gov/Monkeypox

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Signos/síntomas, transmisión y prevención de la viruela del mono

Cualquier persona puede contraer la viruela del mono. ¿Cómo se propaga?
Contacto de piel con piel con alguien que tiene viruela del mono
Compartir materiales utilizados por una persona con viruela del mono
Ocurre principalmente cuando uno vive o cuida a alguien que tiene viruela del mono
Los síntomas pueden comenzar de 5 a 21 días después de haber estado expuesto
Quédate en casa, usa una mascarilla y cubre el sarpullido/llagas si tienes síntomas
Suggested Messaging: Cualquier persona puede contraer la viruela del mono. Aunque los casos son bajos para el público en general, es importante mantenerte informado sobre cómo se propaga y comunicarte con tu proveedor de salud si has estado expuesto o tienes síntomas. Para obtener más información sobre la viruela del mono, visita: sn.cdph.ca.gov/monkeypox


Virela del mono
Alto riesgo: contacto sexual
Riesgo minimo: Probarse ropa en una tienda
Suggested Messaging: La viruela del mono generalmente comienza con síntomas similares a los de la influenza, luego progresa a sarpullido y llagas en el cuerpo. El riesgo para el público en general sigue siendo bajo, pero los casos están aumentando en los Estados Unidos y California. El virus se propaga principalmente a través del contacto cercano de piel con piel (abrazos, besos, contacto sexual / íntimo) y al compartir artículos (ropa de cama, toallas, ropa) con alguien que tiene síntomas. Es importante saber qué actividades aumentan tu riesgo de exposición para ayudar a mantenerte a ti y a tu comunidad seguros.

Si has estado expuesto a la viruela del mono o tienes síntomas, llama a un proveedor de atención médica o a tu departamento de salud local. Para obtener más información sobre la viruela del mono, visita: go.cdph.ca.gov/monkeypox


Que debo hacer si he estado expuesto a la viruela del mono
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Si has estado expuesto a la viruela del mono:

  • Llama a un proveedor de atención médica o a tu departamento de salud local tan pronto como sepas que has estado expuesto. Si has tenido una exposición de alto riesgo (como de alguien con quien vives o en contacto directo con sarpullido/llagas), la vacuna debe administrarse dentro de los 4 días después de la exposición para ayudar a prevenir la enfermedad. Si se administra entre 4 y 14 días después de la exposición, la vacuna puede reducir los síntomas, pero puede que no prevenga la enfermedad.
  • Monitorea cualquier síntoma nuevo durante 21 días después de tu última exposición. Si presentas síntomas, comunícate con un proveedor de atención médica.

Para obtener más información, visitago.cdph.ca.gov/monkeypox


Cuales son los signos y sintomas d ela viruela del mono
Sintomas

Suggested Messaging: Los síntomas de la viruela del mono pueden incluir enfermedades similares a la influenza y sarpullido y llagas en todo el cuerpo. El virus se propaga principalmente a través del contacto cercano de piel con piel (abrazos, besos, contacto sexual / íntimo) y al compartir artículos (ropa de cama, toallas, ropa) con alguien que tiene síntomas.

Si notas síntomas, evita ponerte en contacto con otras personas y habla con un proveedor de atención médica sobre las pruebas y las opciones de tratamiento. Si necesitas estar cerca de otras personas, cubre las llagas y usa una mascarilla para evitar propagar el virus.

Para obtener más información sobre la viruela del mono, visita: go.cdph.ca.gov/monkeypox




Quien puede tener mayor riesgo de enfermarse gravemente a causa de la viruela del mono
Personas con un sistema inmunitario debilitado
Si tienes sintomas (enfermedad similar a la influenza, sarpullido y llagas)
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El riesgo de contraer la viruela del mono sigue siendo bajo. Sin embargo, es importante estar al tanto de los síntomas, especialmente para aquellos con mayor riesgo de enfermarse gravemente. Si notas síntomas como de una enfermedad similar a la influenza, y sarpullido y llagas, evita el contacto cercano con otras personas y comunícate de inmediato con un proveedor de atención médica para hacerte la prueba.

Para obtener más información, visitago.cdph.ca.gov/monkeypox


¿Vas a salir?
Suggested Messaging: ¿Cómo puedes reducir la probabilidad de contraer viruela del mono en lugares como fiestas, clubes y festivales? Primero, considera cuánto contacto cercano, personal y piel con piel es probable que ocurra en el evento al que planeas asistir.

Si te sientes enfermo o tienes sarpullido o llagas, no asistas a ninguna reunión en persona y consulta a un proveedor de atención médica de inmediato.

Para obtener más información sobre la viruela del mono y cómo puedes protegerte a tí mismo y a los demás, visita: https://bit.ly/MonkeypoxQA

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