Monkeypox Virus


The risk of mpox to the general public is considered low by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Archuleta and La Plata County residents should be aware of how mpox spreads, how to stay safe, and the resources available for testing and vaccination.

Mpox is a virus in the orthopox family of viruses. Anyone can get and spread mpox. If you have a new or unexpected rash or sores, contact a healthcare provider. Mpox can be serious for people who get sick, especially without proper medical attention.

More information, including Colorado case data, can be found on the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) website.

  1. Symptoms

Symptoms usually start within three weeks of exposure. If you start experiencing symptoms, avoid close contact with others and talk to your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

The most common symptoms are rashes or sores that look like pimples or blisters. These can be found all over the body or just in certain places, like the face, hands, feet, mouth, genitals, or anus. The rash and sores can be very itchy and painful and can last for two to four weeks.

Some people also have flu-like symptoms like fever, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, and feeling tired. These symptoms can occur before or at the same time as the rash or sores.

  • Sometimes, people get a rash first, followed by other symptoms. Others only experience a rash.
  • Most people with mpox will get a rash.
  • Some people have developed a rash before (or without) other symptoms.
  • A person is contagious until all of their sores have healed and a new layer of skin has formed, which can take two to four weeks.
  1. How It Spreads
  1. Prevention
  1. Testing
  1. Vaccine
  1. Resources