Monkeypox

Monkeypox

Monkeypox is a virus that causes lesions and rash among other symptoms—it can be pretty painful and disruptive, but is typically not fatal. We already have a vaccine and therapeutics that can help prevent and treat monkeypox. Most, but not all, cases of monkeypox associated with the current 2022 outbreak have been identified in gay, bisexual, or men who have sex with men (MSM).

The risk to the general public is considered low at this time, but anyone, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, can get monkeypox if they have close contact with someone infected with the virus.

If you are at high risk…

Richmond and Henrico Health Districts are offering monkeypox vaccinations to some individuals who live, work, or spend time in Richmond and Henrico and are at higher risk of exposure or serious illness.

If you think you may have monkeypox or may have been exposed to monkeypox…

If you think you may have monkeypox or may have been exposed to someone with monkeypox, isolate yourself from others (and pets) and call your doctor or our Contact Center for next steps: 804-205-3501. If you cannot completely separate yourself from others, you should wear a well-fitting mask and cover areas where rash or sores are present.

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