What is MPV (Monkeypox)?

The Basics

Monkeypox is a contagious rash illness caused by the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox can cause a range of signs and symptoms. Some people have mild symptoms, while others can develop serious symptoms and need care in a healthcare facility. Those at higher risk for severe disease or complications include people who are pregnant, children and people with weakened immune systems. In the 2022 outbreak, cases are occurring in many countries or areas where this infection is not usually found, including in the U.S. and Virginia. Most, but not all, cases have been among gay, bisexual, or other men who have sex with men (MSM). This group, particularly MSM with multiple sex partners, is currently at greatest risk.


Who is at risk?

Anyone can get MPV (Monkeypox). The current outbreak disproportionately affects queer men/MSMs.


  • MPV rash that can resemble pimples or blisters (click here to view examples)
  • Flu-like symptoms of fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, or swollen lymph nodes

Individuals may experience all or only a few symptoms. Symptoms start within 3 weeks of exposure. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.

How does it spread?

  • Direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or fluids
  • Contact with surfaces that have touched MPV
  • Exposure to respiratory droplets
  • Pregnant people can spread MPV through their placenta to the fetus
Info from: www.cdc.gov/poxvirus/monkeypox

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get vaccinated?

Fill out the contact form below to get a quick intake from our team. From there, the Health Department will text you a link with your appointment information.

Alternatively, you may call the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health at (757) 518-3717. Call and clearly leave a message with your name and phone number.


Who should get vaccinated?

CDC recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who may be more likely to get monkeypox, including:

  • People who have been identified by public health officials as a contact of someone with monkeypox
  • People who know one of their sexual partners in the past 2 weeks has been diagnosed with monkeypox
  • People who had multiple sexual partners in the past 2 weeks in an area with known monkeypox


Does MPV only impact gay men?

NO. MPV can affect everyone. The current outbreak disproportionately affects queer men, but MPV impacts everyone.


What should I do if you are sick? 

Follow the CDC recommendations for those who may have symptoms of MPV.

Have more questions? Visit the CDC website for a full FAQ.

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