How is monkeypox spread?
- Direct contact with rashes, scabs, body fluids, or a person with monkeypox.
- Extended close contact (more than four hours) with respiratory droplets from an infected person. This includes sexual contact.
- Clothes, sheets, blankets, or other materials that have been in contact with rashes or body fluids of an infected person.
- An infected pregnant person can spread the monkeypox virus to a fetus.
What to do to limit risk.
- Avoid close contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox.
- Avoid handling clothes, sheets, blankets, or other materials that have been in contact with an infected animal or person.
- Isolate people who have monkeypox from healthy people.
- Wash your haves well with soap and water after any contact with an infected person or animal.
- Avoid animals that may carry the virus.
What are the symptoms?
- Symptoms may start 5 to 21 days after you are exposed
- Symptoms last 2 to 4 weeks
- Skin rash
- Muscle aches and backaches
- Swollen lymph nodes
What do I do if I think I have or have been exposed to monkeypox?
- Call your general practitioner
- Get tested; We recommend contacting the University of Missouri Clinics to get tested, call them at 573-882-7000.
- If you have been exposed, call the Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services to get the vaccine at 573-874-7355. You must have a documented exposure and supplies are very limited at this time.
What to do if I HAVE monkeypox?
- Always consult with your general practitioner before starting an at-home remedy.
- Take pain relievers/fever reducers. Medicines like ibuprofen and acetaminophen may help you feel better.
- Take oatmeal baths. This will help soothe the itching.
- Isolate yourself, and avoid contact with others until all lesions have scabbed.
- Cover lesions with gauze or bandages to limit the environmental spread.
- Take care of yourself, stay home and rest, wear your mask around others and get plenty of fluids.
- Avoid contact with pets (especially rodents).
- REMINDER, you remain contagious until all sores are scabbed over.
When Should I go to the ER (after being diagnosed with monkeypox)?
- Trouble breathing.
- New or worsening chest pain.
- Stiff neck.
- Are confused or can’t think clearly.
- Difficulty speaking or moving.
- Loss of consciousness.
At this time, Spectrum Health Care is not conducting monkeypox testing, vaccination or treatment.
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