Mpox Overview

VDH is updating webpages with the term "mpox"

VDH is updating webpages with the term "mpox" to reduce stigma and other issues associated with prior terminology. This change is aligned with the recent World Health Organization decision.

Mpox

What is mpox?

Mpox is a contagious rash illness caused by the mpox virus. The virus is in the same family of viruses as the virus that causes smallpox. Mpox causes milder illness than smallpox, but some symptoms can be severe. The mpox virus can spread from animals to people and from person to person.

VDH Mpox Fact Sheet

Information about Mpox

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