Mpox, previously known as monkeypox, is a rare disease caused by infection with the mpox virus. Mpox 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. It is also not related to COVID-19 and is much harder to transmit than COVID-19.
The current risk of getting mpox is very low for the general public, but it's still good for everyone to know the facts about the symptoms, prevention and what to do if you get sick.
While not everyone needs a vaccine, vaccines and treatments are already available across the state. Most patients experience mild illness and require no treatment. Mpox can be spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has healed, all scabs have fallen off, and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.
Allies is now offering both mpox testing and mpox vaccination. If you come in contact with someone who may have or has mpox, or if you believe that you have symptoms that could be mpox, please contact our office to discuss testing options.
Allies currently is following the vaccine eligibility guidelines from the CDC and PA Department of Health to distribute the mpox vaccine.
According to the CDC, you are eligible for the mpox vaccine if you have already been exposed to or may be exposed to mpox in the future.
Mpox is not a sexually transmitted disease and does not spread easily between people. However, anyone who has extremely close personal contact — mostly skin-to-skin — including direct contact with mpox rash, scabs, or body fluid from a person with mpox, can get it and should take steps to protect themselves.
Take the following steps to prevent getting mpox:
According to the CDC, symptoms of mpox can include:
You may experience all or only a few symptoms. If you are experiencing symptoms or believe you have been exposed to mpox, please call Allies at 412-345-7456 to make an appointment with one of our medical providers.
Allies is working with partners at the city and county level to address mpox in Allegheny County. We also are following guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Information on this page courtesy of the Allegheny County Health Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.