The World Health Organization has issued a global health emergency concerning Monkeypox. This is caused by a virus in the same family as the one that caused smallpox. Symptoms typically begin with fever, headache, body aches, and then a rash develops – usually on the face, inside the mouth, or on the genital area. People are only contagious when they have symptoms. Lesions must be healed with new skin before you are not considered contagious- this process may take 2-4 weeks.
Below is information directly from the CDC website
Monkeypox can spread from person-to-person through:
- direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids
- respiratory secretions 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 body fluids
Please notify Health Services if you have any concerns or questions. You may call 254-710-1010, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or make an appointment through the Health Portal.For more information see: Waco McLennan County Health Department