In May 2022 about 200 verified and suspected cases of monkeypox were reported in Europe, North America, Israel, and Australia. Monkeypox spreads through direct contact with body fluids or sores on the body of someone who has monkeypox, or with direct contact with materials that have touched body fluids or sores, such as clothing or linens. It may also spread through respiratory secretions when people have close, face-to-face contact.
How is monkeypox spread? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Monkeypox spreads between people primarily through direct contact with infectious sores, scabs, or body fluids. It also can be spread by respiratory secretions during prolonged, face-to-face contact. Monkeypox can spread during intimate contact between people, including during sex, as well as activities like kissing, cuddling, or touching parts of the body with monkeypox sores.” While monkeypox is not a traditional sexually transmitted infection, it appears that it can be transmitted through prolonged physical contact such as through sexual intimacy and even prolonged kissing. Several individuals diagnosed with monkeypox engaged in sex with new partners, so they may have contracted monkeypox through sexual behavior.
If you do not feel well, it is best to stay home. If you have any specific Monkeypox symptoms, and especially if you have a rash, please consult your medical provider.
Outer Cape Health Services continues to monitor cases of Monkeypox with local, regional and state officials.
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