Mpox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Mpox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms but milder, and mpox is rarely fatal. Mpox is not related to chickenpox.

The mpox virus is most often spread through direct contact with a rash or sores of someone who has the virus. It can also spread through contact with clothing, bedding and other items used by a person with mpox, or from respiratory droplets that can be passed through prolonged face-to-face contact.

Symptoms include rash, bumps, or blisters. If you are having these symptoms, please contact your primary care providerTake this document with you to your medical visit.


Please view the resources below for more information about mpox symptoms, transmission, prevention, and what to do if you think you might have mpox: