Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox symptoms are generally mild and include a characteristic rash with or without a prodrome. The disease is rarely fatal.
Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact, including:
- Direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with monkeypox.
- Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
- Contact with respiratory secretions.
- For more information, please view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Monkeypox page.
- For general monkeypox questions, Dartmouth Health has established the Monkeypox Hotline at 603-650-1818. The hotline is available Monday through Friday 7 am to 5 pm and Saturday 8 am to 12 pm.
- The Cure Podcast: Monkeypox (Episode 19) with Elizabeth Talbot MD, Deputy State Epidemiologist
Care for monkeypox
If you believe you have come into contact with or contracted monkeypox:
- Isolate at home and call the Dartmouth Health hotline for information at 603-650-1818.
- Contact your primary care provider to determine next steps with respect to your care (603) 354-5400.
- Please do not visit Cheshire's emergency department without first speaking with your Primary Care Provider or Urgent Primary Care Visits at 603-354-5484.