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Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus and is in the same family as smallpox.  While symptoms are similar to smallpox, monkeypox is typically milder and rarely fatal.  Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact.  Symptoms of monkeypox include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • A rash that looks like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.

Monkeypox Resources