The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tracking an outbreak of MonkeyPox (MPX) that has spread across several countries that do not normally report monkeypox, including the United States.
The MonkeyPox virus is spreading mostly through close, intimate contact with someone who has MonkeyPox. At this time, data suggest that gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men make up the majority of cases in the current MonkeyPox outbreak. However, anyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, who has been in close, personal contact with someone who has MonkeyPox is at risk.
You can take steps to prevent getting MonkeyPox and lower your risk during sex. CDC recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to MonkeyPox and people who are at higher risk of being exposed to MonkeyPox.
If you develop symptoms consistent with MonkeyPox, talk to your healthcare provider, the St. Mary’s County Health Department, or the Wellness Center for further guidance even if you don’t think you had contact with someone who has MonkeyPox.
We appreciate everyone’s heightened awareness as we work together to prevent the spread of this emerging illness.