Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. It is not commonly seen in the U.S. Typical symptoms include fever, malaise and a rash that may appear as pimples or blisters. Monkeypox is spread by close contact with an infected person, or by touching clothing or linens that were in contact with the infected person’s rash or body fluids. 

Anyone can get monkeypox regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Austin Public Health (APH) is currently able to vaccinate those who have been identified as close contacts to presumptive and confirmed monkeypox cases. This is following the guidance of the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Anyone who believes they are a close contact with a monkeypox case should reach out to their healthcare provider. Call APH's Equity Line at 512-972-5560 for information. 

Additional information can be found on the following websites: 

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Monkeypox Basics

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Suggested messaging: Monkeypox is a disease spread by close contact with an infected person or by touching clothing or linens that were in contact with an infected person’s rash or body fluids. Symptoms include fever, malaise and a rash that appears as pimples or blisters. Find more information about monkeypox by visiting www.austintexas.gov/department/monkeypox 

Monkeypox Household Cleaning & Disinfecting

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Monkeypox v.s. COVID-19

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Monkeypox What To Do When Sick

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Monkeypox What To Do When Exposed

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Monkeypox Festival Safety

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Monkeypox Laundry Guidance

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Back to College Monkeypox Safety

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Monkeypox Symptoms

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Suggested messaging: Be aware of monkeypox symptoms! Symptoms include rashes that look like pimples or blisters, as well as fever, headache and swollen lymph nodes. Anyone experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider. Find more information about monkeypox by visiting www.austintexas.gov/department/monkeypox 

How monkeypox spreads

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Suggested messaging: Monkeypox can spread through close contact such as kissing, cuddling, or sex. It can also spread by touching items that previously touched a rash or bodily fluids. Find more information about monkeypox by visiting www.austintexas.gov/department/monkeypox

When To Talk To A Health Care Provider 

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Suggested messaging: Have monkeypox symptoms, or believe you were exposed to monkeypox? Contact a healthcare provider to be evaluated. Find more information about monkeypox, including symptoms, by visiting www.austintexas.gov/department/monkeypox