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Is Monkeypox Dangerous?

Posted by Staff on August 10, 2022

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There’s been a lot of talk about Monkeypox in the news and around the web. After going through a pandemic many of us may feel on edge when we hear, see, or read about a recent outbreak that has surfaced, causing many people to ask the question, is Monkeypox dangerous?

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection related to Smallpox. It may start with flu-like symptoms, including:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Rash or sores similar to pimples or blisters

The rash is often located on or near the genitals or anus but could also be on other areas of the body or limited to one part of the body.

How is Monkeypox spread?

Monkeypox is primarily spread through close skin-to-skin contact with someone who has monkeypox; it’s not spread by quick casual conversation with someone or walking by someone at the store who has Monkeypox.

Anyone can get Monkeypox, but only if they have close skin-to-skin contact such as:

  • Hugging
  • Cuddling
  • Massage
  • Kissing
  • Intimate/sexual contact
  • Sharing materials used by a person with Monkeypox (sheets, towels, clothing, etc.)

You can help protect yourself and others from Monkeypox by avoiding contact with someone you know who has Monkeypox, washing your hands often and contacting your healthcare provider immediately if you think you have symptoms or exposure to Monkeypox.

Is Monkeypox dangerous?

The current risk to the general public in Butte County is low. As of August 9, 2022, there have only been two reported cases in Butte County. Butte County Public Health received the county’s first allocation of the vaccine on July 14, 2022. Since the supply is currently limited, it’s working closely with health providers to determine vaccine eligibility.

A statement released on July 29 by the California Department of Public Health states:

"We continue to approach monkeypox with the utmost urgency to slow its spread in California, distributing scarce vaccine doses to impacted communities, providing prevention information and testing, and doing what we can to increase access to treatment," said Dr. Aragón. "This virus has impacted more than 750 Californians to date, and we know that has been incredibly challenging for those individuals and families. We remain focused on doing what we can to reduce risk, increase awareness, and get additional access to vaccines and treatment.”

You can continue to check Monkeypox data in California here.

If you’re worried and wondering, “is Monkeypox dangerous” the current risk of getting Monkeypox is very low and it’s rarely fatal.

If you think you may have been exposed, contact your healthcare provider or schedule and appointment at Orchard Hospital – Your Everyday Health Care Clinic.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

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