Monkeypox

Current monkeypox cases: 4

symptoms of monkeypoxThe Washoe County Health District is currently monitoring and responding to the monkeypox virus outbreak. With education and knowledge of prevention strategies, we can reduce the risk of spread of monkeypox. 

Signs & Symptoms of Monkeypox 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), monkeypox spreads from person to person through close physical contact. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches and backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion
  • A rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appears on the face, inside the mouth, and on other parts of the body, like the hands, feet, chest, genitals, or anus.
    • The rash may be painful.

If you are showing signs of monkeypox

Contact your physician or medical provider imediately; however, it's advised that you call or email ahead of time.

How to prevent monkeypoxHow Monkeypox Spreads & Prevention

According to the CDC, residents should take the following steps to prevent monkeypox:

  • Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox (See photos here).
    • Do not touch the rash or scabs of a person with monkeypox.
    • Do not kiss, hug, cuddle or have sex with someone with monkeypox.
    • Do not share eating utensils or cups with a person with monkeypox.
  • Do not handle or touch the bedding, towels, or clothing of a person with monkeypox.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Spread can occur contact with respiratory secretions of positive case.

Facts about Monkeypox

  • Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted infection (STI); however, it can be spread through physical contact during sex.
  • Anyone can get monkeypox.
    • Monkeypox is a public health concern in Washoe County and it affects all populations. 
    • Monkeypox can be acquired by all people, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation. More cases have been reported among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men; however, anyone who has close, intimate contact with someone who has monkeypox is at risk for acquiring monkeypox.
      • See more information related to monkeypox and the risks to people who are sexually active.
  • Monkeypox causes a rash and can spread from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed.
    • This can take several weeks.
  • Monkeypox is completely different than COVID-19. 
    • COVID-19 is mostly spread through breathing in respiratory droplets infected with COVID-19 while monkeypox is spread through close, skin-to-skin contact with people who have monkeypox.
  • According to the CDC, some monkeypox cases were reported among people who share a living space with a person who has monkeypox. 

Monkeypox Vaccines

Shipments of the monkeypox vaccine are provided from state and federal officials. The Washoe County Health District has no control over how many vaccines are sent and when they are delivered.

Monkeypox vaccines in Washoe County are extremely limited and because of that are unavailable to the general public. Currently, vaccines are available only for confirmed contacts to a known monkeypox case or lab personnel who handle specimens.

Testing for Monkeypox

If you think you have monkeypox, contact your primary care physician or other medical provider to obtain testing. Notify the provider ahead of time before entering the physical office.

Contact Us

For any questions, please see the Freqently Asked Questions section below. For anything else, please email us at monkeypox@washoecounty.gov. Providers can call 775-328-2447.