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Monkeypox

Overview

Monkeypox (hMPXV) is a disease caused by infection with monkeypox (hMPXV) virus. Monkeypox (hMPXV) virus is part of the same family of viruses as smallpox but is not the same as smallpox.

The virus can cause flu-like symptoms, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that often begins on the face and spreads to other parts of the body.

Monkeypox (hMPXV) does not spread easily to people without close contact. People who think they may have been exposed to monkeypox (hMPXV) or who have symptoms of monkeypox (hMPXV) should consult with a healthcare provider.

NJDOH is working in conjunction with CDC and local health departments to quickly identify monkeypox (hMPXV) cases and close contacts, provide treatment and vaccine, and further prevent the spread of disease. CDC is working with state and local health officials to monitor probable and confirmed cases within the country.


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