Monkeypox Information and Resources

What is Monkeypox?

  • Monkeypox 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.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Flu-like symptoms.
  • Rash or sore, sometimes located on or near the genitals or anus, but sometimes in other areas like the hands, feet, chest or face.


  • Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact including:
    • Direct contact with monkeypox rash, sores or scabs.
    • Contact with objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
    • Through respiratory droplets or oral fluids from a person with monkeypox.

*If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with monkeypox, you should contact your health care provider for a risk assessment. If you do not have a regular provider, call 2-1-1 or the OCHCA Health Referral Line at (800) 564-8448 for assistance.

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