You may be anxious that there the MPOX pox virus is still circulating BUT don’t worry. It is a virus for which there is a vaccine. Let’s find out what this is all about and remember that, as we navigate this outbreak, our understanding of the virus is still evolving.
So, the key thing to remember is that anyone can get infected by and spread the MPOX virus if they come into close contact with someone who has it, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, social economic status, and race.
You can reduce your risk of getting or spreading MPOX by following public health measures: stay home when sick, cover coughs and sneezes, wash your hands, and clean and disinfect high-touch objects and surfaces. If you think you’ve been exposed or if you have symptoms of MPOX, such as an unusual sore or rash and flu-like symptoms, contact a healthcare provider or consult the resources of your local public health services for advice. Remember that a rash may be not visible in all places, such as your mouth.
If you’re diagnosed with MPOX, You should remain in isolation until you’re no longer contagious. This is usually until the rash has healed and all scabs have fallen off. Until your sores resolve, you’re still able to infect those around you. Our current understanding of the virus is that it is usually a mild illness and symptoms usually resolve within a few weeks.
Right now, ACI recommends that a single dose of Imvamune® vaccine may be offered to individuals with high-risk exposures of a suspected or confirmed case of mpox, or within a setting where transmission is happening.
Again do not worry, be careful, protect yourself and others, and HAVE SAFE FUN!