Monkeypox (MPV) is a rare disease that is caused by the monkeypox virus. Symptoms include a rash or sores (pox), which may look like pimples or blisters.
Recently, the virus has been confirmed in Winnebago County. If you suspect you have the monkeypox virus or an unexplained rash or sores or other symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider or visit our patient portal.
Waiting for test results:
If you are waiting for test results or have tested positive for the virus isolation at home is important because the monkeypox virus can be spread to others.
Monkeypox virus primarily spreads between people through direct contact with infections sores, scabs, or body fluids which can occur during intimate contact, including during sex, as well as activities like kissing, cuddling, or touching parts of the body with sores. It can also be spread through respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact. The contagious period starts when first sign of illness are present until after all the scabs on the skin have fallen off and a fresh layer of intact skin has formed. The greatest risk of spread is to household and other close contacts.