Monkeypox Virus in Connecticut

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Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by an infection with the Monkeypox virus (an Orthopoxvirus). Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox and Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder; and monkeypox is rarely fatal.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of monkeypox can include fever, headache, muscle aches and backache, swollen lymph nodes, chills, exhaustion, and a rash. The rash can look like pimples or blisters that appear on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus. individuals can also get a rash first, followed by other symptoms, while others only experience a rash. The illness typically lasts two to four weeks.

Anyone with a rash that looks like monkeypox should talk to their healthcare provider, even if they do not think they had contact with someone who has monkeypox.

HOW IT SPREADS

Monkeypox can spread from person-to-person through:

Monkeypox can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. Individuals who do not have monkeypox symptoms cannot spread the virus to others. At this time, it is not known if monkeypox can spread through semen or vaginal fluids.

Visit the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s Monkeypox website for additional Monkeypox information for the general public and healthcare providers, vaccination information, data on Connecticut cases, and much more:

https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Epidemiology-and-Emerging-Infections/CT-Monkeypox/Monkeypox-Main-Information

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR MONKEYPOX VACCINES IN CONNECTICUT

Getting vaccinated after a recent exposure may reduce the chance of individuals getting monkeypox, and it can reduce symptoms if individuals do get it. CDC does not recommend widespread vaccination against monkeypox at this time, although vaccinations may be recommended for some people who:

The vaccine is given as a 2-dose series. It takes 14 days after getting the second dose for its immune protection to reach its maximum. People should take precautions to reduce their exposure to monkeypox until immune protection from vaccines has reached its maximum.

For additional information on the Monkeypox vaccine, specific eligibility requirements, clinics available by appointment, distributing the vaccine, and vaccine Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), visit the Connecticut Department of Public Health’s website at:

https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Epidemiology-and-Emerging-Infections/CT-Monkeypox/Monkeypox-Vaccination

 ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – https://www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox/faq.html 

2-1-1 Database – Monkeypox Vaccination Sites

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SOURCES: Connecticut Department of Public Health (CTDPH); U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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CONTENT LAST UPDATED: August2022