Contact WNCCHS (828-285-0622) for testing, treatment, and further guidance

  • What is Monkeypox?

    • Monkeypox is an infectious virus that can occur in humans and some animals. The virus can cause flu-like symptoms (such as fever, chills, head and body aches, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes) but is most commonly characterized by a painful, itchy rash that can appear anywhere on the body. The rash resembles pimples or blisters.

    • For more information, visit the CDC website.

  • How is Monkeypox spread?

    • It is important to know that anyone can contract Monkeypox regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or level of sexual activity.

    • Monkeypox is spread through person-to-person contact via:

      • Direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or bodily fluids

      • Respiratory secretions (saliva) during prolonged, face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex

      • Touching items (such as clothing or linens) that previously touched the infectious rash or bodily fluids

      • Pregnant people may spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta

    • Monkeypox can also spread to people through contact with infected animals or infected animal products.

    • Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms begin until the rash has fully healed, typically 2-4 weeks.

  • How can I avoid getting or spreading Monkeypox?

    • Practice good hand hygiene

    • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with anyone who has a rash similar to Monkeypox

    • Do not handle clothes or linens of a person with Monkeypox

    • If you begin to feel sick with flu-like symptoms or a rash, isolate at home and reach out to WNCCHS (828-285-0622) for testing, treatment, and further guidance.

  • What about the Monkeypox vaccine?

    • There is currently a limited supply of Monkeypox vaccine, so eligibility for vaccination may be restricted to specific populations. Call Buncombe County Health and Human Services at (828) 250-5300 to see if you are eligible for vaccination.

    • This is a two-dose vaccine (similar to some of the COVID-19 vaccines). It is recommended that you receive the first dose within 4 days of potential exposure to Monkeypox. After your first shot, you will need to return in 4 weeks for your second shot. Two weeks after your second shot, you will be considered fully vaccinated.

    • Vaccination increases your chances of avoiding Monkeypox infection, but you may still contract the virus. For those who still contract Monkeypox, the vaccination should keep symptoms mild and brief.