Mpox: What you should know

Mpox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Mpox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and mpox is rarely fatal. Mpox is not related to chickenpox.

You can find more information on mpox in the FAQs below and through the Rhode Island Department of Health and the CDC.

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People with mpox often get a rash that may be located on hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth or near the genitals. Sometimes people have flu-like symptoms before the rash, while some people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash. You can find more information about mpox symptoms on the CDC website.

If you have any symptoms of mpox, talk to your healthcare provider, even if you don’t think you had contact with someone who has mpox.

Unlike COVID-19, which spreads easily through the air, this virus is spreading mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who has mpox. Puede encontrar información detallada en el sitio web de los CDC.

You can find tips for protecting yourself on the CDC website, including how to lower your risk during sex, at social gatherings such as parties and festivals, and if you are exposed to someone with mpox.

The CDC recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to mpox and people who are at higher risk of being exposed to mpox.

If you believe you have been exposed, call your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider and live in Rhode Island, call the Rhode Island Department of Health at (401) 222-2577 to coordinate care or see their website for a list of clinics offering vaccination. Si vive fuera de Rhode Island, comuníquese con el Departamento de Salud del área donde usted reside.

Puede encontrar más información sobre la vacunación contra la viruela del mono en el sitio web de los CDC y en el sitio web del Departamento de Salud de Rhode Island.

Los CDC proveen la vacuna a cada estado para su administración. El Departamento de Salud de su estado coordina la disponibilidad y la administración de las vacunas. Usted no debería pagar ningún costo por la vacuna. Actualmente, la vacuna no se encuentra disponible a través de farmacias o consultorios médicos, pero proporcionaremos información actualizada a medida que la situación cambie. 

If you believe you have been exposed to mpox, call your healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider and live in Rhode Island, call the Department of Health at (401) 222-2577 to coordinate care or see their website for a list of clinics offering vaccination. Si vive fuera de Rhode Island, comuníquese con el Departamento de Salud del área donde usted reside.

Mpox and smallpox viruses are genetically similar, which means that antiviral drugs developed for smallpox may be used to treat mpox infections. Antivirals, such as tecovirimat (TPOXX), may be recommended for some people who are more likely to get severely ill, like patients with weakened immune systems. El Departamento de Salud de su estado coordina la disponibilidad y la administración de estos medicamentos antivirales.

If you have symptoms of mpox, you should talk to your healthcare provider, even if you don’t think you had contact with someone who has mpox. Si no tiene un proveedor de atención médica y vive en Rhode Island, llame al Departamento de Salud al (401) 222-2577 para coordinar la atención. Si vive fuera de Rhode Island, comuníquese con el Departamento de Salud del área donde usted reside.

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