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Monkeypox Information and Resources

Florida Department of Health in Alachua County

Monkeypox Frequently Asked Questions: 

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox is a viral infection transmitted by an infected person during prolonged face-to-face contact, or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling, or sex. It can also be transmitted through contact with contaminated items such as clothing and bedding.

Who is currently at most risk to get Monkeypox?

Anyone can get monkeypox, but men who have sex with men remain at the highest risk. The threat of monkeypox to the general population remains low.

How is Monkeypox Transmitted?

Monkeypox is primarily transmitted through direct contact with an active rash, indirect contact with an active rash through contaminated items such as clothing, or prolonged face-to face contact.

Are there treatments for Monkeypox?

There are no treatments specifically for monkeypox. Treatments approved for smallpox may be used due to the similarity of monkeypox and smallpox.

Is there a vaccine that prevents Monkeypox?

Yes. Vaccination for monkeypox is recommended within 14 days of exposure to a person infected with monkeypox, but the vaccine is most effective if given within four days.

Additionally, vaccination is also recommended for people with certain job-related risks, such as public health laboratory staff. All men who engage in sex with men should consider vaccination.

Vaccine Information 

While supplies last, JYNNEOS vaccine is being offered to individuals who are likely to have been recently exposed to monkeypox or who have these risk factors:

  • Known contacts of confirmed or suspected monkeypox cases
  • Laboratory or health care personnel who perform diagnostic testing for monkeypox
  • Men who self-identify as gay or bisexual, or who have sex with men

Persons meeting these criteria can receive no-cost monkeypox vaccines by contacting the Alachua County Health Department during regular business hours at (352) 334-8842 or after hours at (352) 334-7900.

Monkeypox Visual Examples of Monkeypox Rash - Centers for Disease Control