Mpox (formerly known as Monkeypox) is a viral disease that has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. All members of the Bearcat community are encouraged to learn about symptoms, protective measures, and what to do if exposed.
Mpox is a virus like smallpox, but milder. It is not commonly seen in the United States; however, several cases have been reported in Hamilton County.
Mpox usually presents with a pimple-like rash and fever along with several of the following symptoms:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Back ache
- Muscle pain
How Does Mpox Spread?
Mpox is spread from person-to-person in several ways:
- Direct contact through touch
- Respiratory secretions spread during face-to-face and intimate contact
- Touching items such as clothing or linens that have been exposed to Mpox rash or body fluids
- Pregnant people can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta