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Monkeypox Update

With the rise in cases of Monkeypox many begin to worry and wonder what is Monkeypox, how can one protect themselves, and what to do if one came into contact with someone who has Monkeypox.

Monkeypox is a rare disease, such as smallpox (but milder), that can spread from infected humans, animals, and materials contaminated with the virus. Monkeypox may also be spread through close physical contact or by sharing items with someone who is experiencing symptoms. Monkeypox can cause flu-like symptoms and distinct rash, lesions, and bumps on the body. 

There are many steps you can take to stay safe against Monkeypox. 

  • Avoid close skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a rash similar to Monkeypox.
  • Avoid sharing bedding, clothing, and other items that a person who has/had Monkeypox has used.
  • Wash, sanitize, and clean hands thoroughly before eating, touching your face, or after using the restroom.

If you have symptoms or have been exposed to Monkeypox, contact your primary healthcare provider.

There is currently no cure for monkeypox, but there are medications for symptom management. The majority of symptoms are non-life-threatening. Knowledge is power. For more frequently asked questions, click here:

California Department of Public Health closely monitors Monkeypox transmission in the United States and California to ensure rapid identification of cases and appropriate care. For more information, visit

If you received the smallpox vaccination as a child, and are not sure if you should receive the Monkeypox vaccine, please contact your provider for advice. 

In Riverside County, you can get your monkeypox vaccine.  For more information, visit: 

You can also get tested, visit: 

Information has been provided by the CDPH, UCnet, and UCR.

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