Monkeypox Symptoms & Prevention

Monkeypox Symptoms

Symptoms of monkeypox typically last 2 to 4 weeks and can include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue (exhaustion)
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the face, hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus. See pictures of the rash (PDF).

The rash goes through different stages before healing completely. It will eventually get firmer and may be very painful. Some people experience the rash before having other symptoms, but others may experience just the rash.

Note: If you have an unexplained rash, sores, or other symptoms, see your primary care provider - if you don't have a provider please call us at 503-434-7483. Keep the rash covered and avoid sex or being intimate with anyone until you have been checked out.

How to Prevent Monkeypox

Anyone can be affected by monkeypox, but the risk is low. Take the following steps to prevent getting monkeypox:

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox. This includes hugging, kissing, cuddling, or having sex.
  • Avoid contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used. Do not share utensils or cups or handle bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
  • Wash your hands often