Monkeypox

Information for CHA patients

Monkeypox is a disease with a small number of cases in the United States and Massachusetts.

  • What does it look like? Monkeypox shows up as a rash or lesions usually after flu-like symptoms. The rash may look like pimples or blisters in the genital area or all over the body. 
  • How does it spread? Anyone can get Monkeypox. It is spread by close physical contact, often during sex or intimate relationships, or by touching someone who has lesions.
  • Who is at high risk? The overall risk is low, unless you’ve had multiple sex partners recently or have touched someone who has monkeypox. It’s harder to transmit than other diseases like COVID. You cannot get it by passing someone in the supermarket who has it.
  • Is there a vaccine? Yes. If you’re at higher risk of exposure, you may be eligible to get it. Find out more and where you can get vaccinated here.  Note: CHA does not have appointments available for monkeypox vaccine at this time. 

If you think you have been exposed or you have new sores, a rash or lesions:

Call your CHA primary care office to discuss your care.

If you or a member of your household has monkeypox

Please see the CDC guidelines for isolating and living with someone who has Monkeypox. 

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