MPox fact sheet
What is MPox?
MPox is a rare but potentially serious viral illness. It is in the same family as Small Pox, but less severe. It is also less transmissible and not often fatal.
How is MPox transmission?
- skin-to-skin contact
- touching bodily fluids of someone who has mpox
- contact with infected objects (ex. bedding, towels)
- large respiratory droplets
How can I reduce my risk and prevent the spread of MPox?
The best way to prevent or slow the spread is to learn as much as possible about MPox virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads.
- Get the vaccine
- Wear a mask & avoid close contact with infected individuals
- Limit sex partners
- Wash hands
- Disinfect objects & surfaces
What are the signs and symptoms of MPox infection?
It can take up to 21 days to develop symptoms.
- fever (>38 C), chills
- swollen lymph nodes
- muscle/joint pain
- sore throat
- stuffy nose
- extreme weakness
- rash/blisters on face, palms of the hands, & soles of the feet within 1-3 days
Some people may experience all or just a few symptoms.