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Monkeypox is an infection caused by a virus. It starts with flu-like symptoms and then a rash that may look like pimples. The rash turns into blisters, which, over time, change into scabs.
Monkeypox is contagious. This means that it spreads from person to person. It becomes contagious at the time the symptoms start. It remains contagious until the rash has healed and a new layer of skin has formed. You should stay away from other people during this time. It may take 2–4 weeks to recover from monkeypox.
The virus can also be passed to a fetus during pregnancy.
Most people with monkeypox get the rash. Some people only have the rash and no other symptoms.
Serious symptoms may be treated in the hospital.
Relieving itching and discomfort
Blister and rash care
To protect yourself:
To protect others:
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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