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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
  • Fever
  • Skin rash
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backaches
  • Chills
  • Tiredness
  • 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.
  • Seizures.

At this time, Spectrum Health Care is not conducting monkeypox testing, vaccination or treatment.

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