What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox is a part of the same virus family of variola virus--the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms include: fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, muscle aches, and headache. Monkeypox is usually also accompanied by a rash that may initially look like pimples or blister. This rash may be extremely painful and itchy. The rash can be located across the body including: genitals (penis, testicles, labia, and vagina) or anus and can also be located on the hands, feet, chest, face, and mouth.

Individuals should refer to the below resources for the most up-to-date information on monkeypox:

New York State Department of Health: Monkeypox in New York

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Tompkins County Health Department Health Alert