Monkeypox is a disease is caused by the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox can make individuals sick including a rash or sores (pox), often accompanied by earlier flu-like symptoms. Most infected people, unless they have complications, experience mild symptoms and do not require hospitalization.
Since May 2022, monkeypox cases, which have historically been rare in the United States, have been identified in multiple states among both persons returning from international travel and their close contacts domestically. Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close or skin-to-skin contact.
The CDC, the Maryland Department of Health and the Prince George’s County Health Department are working closely together to monitor case counts and working to understand the cause of the current cases. A limited supply of vaccines is available through the Prince George's County Health Department.
If you think you are experiencing symptoms of monkeypox please isolate yourself from others and contact your healthcare provider for next steps.