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Monkeypox: What You Need to Know

Monkeypox (MPX) is a rare but potentially serious viral illness that typically begins with flu-like symptoms and swelling of the lymph nodes and progresses to a rash on the face and body. Most infections last two to four weeks. At this time, the risk to the general public is low. Currently, the vast majority of cases are occurring among gay and bisexual men. However, anyone who has prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with someone who has MPX is at risk of being infected.

Symptoms of MPX may include:

  • Painful skin rash
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes

If you are concerned that you may have MPX or have had prolonged close contact with someone who has received a MPX diagnosis, please make an appointment through MyHealthSpace to see your provider.

SCDHEC and the CDC recommends continuing prevention strategies to reduce your risk. Vaccines are available for high-risk individuals by calling 1-855-472-3432, M-F.

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