Preventing Illness and Promoting Wellness for Communities in Eastern Connecticut

  • Andover
  • Ashford
  • Bolton
  • Chaplin
  • Columbia
  • Coventry
  • Mansfield
  • Scotland
  • Tolland
  • Willington

Mpox Virus

Mpox infections were first reported in May 2022 worldwide and in the US.

This virus is related to smallpox and causes an infectious rash of blisters that can appear  anywhere on the body.  Other typical symptoms  include fever, headache and fatigue. It is rarely fatal but highly contagious.

Mpox can spread by direct physical contact with the rash, contact with infected personal belongings like clothing, or respiratory droplets.

While the risk of getting Mpox is low, those who have been in close contact with someone with the virus should take steps to protect themselves such as testing, masking, and limiting contact with others.

The best protection against Mpox for those at risk is a vaccine. Learn more about the vaccine and how 'at risk' individuals can get a vaccine HERE.

CT Department of Public Health Mpox Webpage

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Mpox Webpage